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2014 –January, February, March . . . August Calendar PDF . . . Education Building Schedule

November 2014

16 Trees of Ivy Creek Natural Area
Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm
Join Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry on an autumn walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area to learn to identify trees indigenous to Central Virginia. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
22 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, November 22, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
22 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, November 22, 9:00 am
Ruth Douglas will lead a walk focusing on weeds, fruits, and seeds of late fallat Ivy Creek Natural Area. Meet at the Kiosk near the parking lot.
22 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, November 22, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the last open barn day of the year at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. This is the last open day until April 2015.
Monthly Bird Walk

Learn about the local birds. Beginners or experts welcome. Bring your trusty binoculars or borrow a pair at Ivy Creek Natural Area from the Monticello Bird Club. Meet in the parking lot on the first Saturday of every month at 7:30 am. Free and open to the public.

Volunteer Workdays

Help us keep Ivy Creek Natural Area the special place it is. Join the Ivy Creek Foundation trail volunteers as we maintain the trails, remove invasive plants, and control erosion. Wear outdoor work clothes as we may be doing a bit of work near briars or in the sun. Meet in the parking lot on the second Thursday or the fourth Saturday of any month of the year. Exceptions for holiday weekends. Workdays start at 9 am. All workdays end after three hours.

Toddler Time

From January to October on the last Thursday morning of every month, introduce your toddler to nature with this short talk and trail walk for three to five year olds. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building.

Junior Naturalists

Young People Only:

The 4H Junior Naturalist clubs at Ivy Creek offer fun, outdoor activities exploring the fields, forests, and streams of the Ivy Creek Natural Area. We will learn about the native plants and wildlife of our area (including snakes, spiders and bats!).

The clubs meet every other Monday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. The junior naturalists are for ages 5-9. The clubs start in the late summer on the third Monday of September and in mid winter on the third Monday of January. Pre- registration is required. To register, email Dan Bieker at danbieker &#64 gmail.com or phone at 434-971-9618.

This program is co-sponsored with VA
Cooperative Extension 4-H

December 2014

6 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, December 6, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with Dave Hogg of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
10 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 pm
Holiday Party and Show & Tell. A festive gathering where you provide the entertainment. We’ll enjoy snack items members may bring. If you wish, bring and object of nature, picture(s), or an experience to share before the group for no more than 2 or 3 minutes. Table space available if you wish to just show and not tell in front of the whole group. A digital projector will be on hand for flash drive pictures/slides or connection to your laptop. The chapter will supply drinks, plates, etc.
11 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, December 11, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
11 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, December 11, 7:00 pm
Concerned about the future of the Monarch Butterfly in Virginia? Join us to hear Elizabeth Evans talk about her visit to the Monarch Sanctuary in Mexico. She will also discuss options to support Monarch populations as well as personal actions you can take to help increase the Monarch population in Virginia. The meeting is free and open to all. Meet at Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
16 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 pm
If you enjoy the outdoors and are interested in conserving our local natural heritage, consider becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist. The Rivanna Master Naturalists’ next training session will be held Tuesday evenings and some Saturdays from February 10th through May 19th. Those interested in the program are welcome to attend any one of three free, hour-long informational meeting in the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area (December 16, January 6 or January 11). For more information visit www.vmn-rivanna.org.

January 2015 . . . This 2015 calendar is not yet complete.

2 First Fridays Under the Stars
Friday, January 2, 7:00 pm
Come enjoy learning about the stars and other celestial objects. We’ll start with a short talk in the education program to learn about the stars and planets. Then after the skies darken volunteers will help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescopes or bring your own. Free and open to all. Meet in the field next to the barn at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Cloudy skies will cancel the outdoor portion of this event. This event will recur on the odd months throughout the year.
3 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, January 3, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
6 Become a Virginia Master Naturalist
Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 pm
See information on December 16th. For more information visit www.vmn-rivanna.org.
8 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, January 8, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes. Meet in the parking lot.
8 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, January 8, 7:00 pm
Learn about the scary creatures of the night, the Screech Owls. Suzanne Shoemaker, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator from Maryland who specializes in raptors at the Owl Moon Raptor Center. She will present her findings about Screech Owls. The meetings is free and open to all. Meet at Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
14 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 7:30 pm
Come hear “The Decline of Insect Pollinators” by Tony Russell and Laura Seale. Pollinators are vital to our human food supply and to the health of almost all terrestrial ecosystems. But both wild and domesticated pollinators are in decline in ecosystems around the globe–with parallel declines in the plants they pollinate. This talk focuses on insect pollinators, the factors contributing to their decline, and actions we can take to help reverse the decline. Meeting free and open to the public. Meet in the Education Building.
24 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, January 24, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
29 Little Naturalists
Thursday, January 29, 10:00 am
Formerly called Toddler Time, introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is on the last Thursday of every month except November and December.

February 2015

7 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, February 7, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
11 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with native plants. Check this space for more information after December. Meetings are free and open to all in the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
12 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, February 12, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes. Meet in the parking lot.
12 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm
Enjoy Jim Nix presentation on birding in Southeast Asia from his trip to Cambodia. All meetings are free and open to all. Meet at Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
15 Learning the Native Trees of Virginia
Sunday, February 15, 2:00 pm
We’ll meet in the parking lot of Ragged Mountain Natural Area to learn to identify trees in the dead of winter using bark, branching, seed, and other distinguishing characteristics. Join Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry on a Winter Walk at Ragged Mountain Natural Area. Meet in the parking lot.
26 Little Naturalists
Thursday, February 26, 10:00 am
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is on the last Thursday of every month except November and December.
28 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, February 28, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.

March 2015

5 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm
Beginners welcome to our first meeting of the year. No charge. In mid-February visit our website at http://centralvirginiabeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in the Education Building.
7 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
8 Ivy Talks: Amazing Salamanders
Sunday, March 8, 2:00 pm
Frogs are known to most people as harbingers of spring and residents of most bodies of quiet water. Salamanders, however, are never heard, less frequently seen, and more poorly understood by the public. We will talk about the diversity, life histories, and fascinating roles that amphibians play in the Southeast, the continental center of frog diversity and the world’s richest hotspot for salamander species. Meet in the Education Building. No charge. Seating is limited so come early.
11 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with native plants. Check this space for more information after December. Meetings are free and open to all in the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
12 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, March 12, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes. Meet in the parking lot.
12 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with ornithology. Meetings are free and open to all. Meet at Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
21 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am
Come enjoy a walk with a member of the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society on the third Saturday of the month. Free and open to the all. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
24 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, March 24, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
26 Little Naturalists
Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is on the last Thursday of every month except November and December.
28 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
31 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, March 31, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.

April 2015

2 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm
Beginners welcome to our monthly meetings. No charge. More information, visit our website at http://centralvirginiabeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in the Education Building.
4 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, April 4, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
4 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn again at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
7 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, April 7, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
8 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with native plants. Check this space for more information after December. Meetings are free and open to all in the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
9 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, April 9, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes. Meet in the parking lot.
9 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with ornithology. Meetings are free and open to all. Meet at Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
11 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
12 Ivy Talks: The Older Trees of Ivy Creek
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 pm
Tom Dierauf will present his findings on the trees of Ivy Creek. Over the last few years Tom has been conducting a survey of some of the older trees at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. After his presentation we will go on a walk to look at some of the trees to better understand what he has found. No charge. Seating is limited so come early.
14 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
18 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 am
Come enjoy a walk with a member of the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society on the third Saturday of the month. Free and open to the all. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
18 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, April 18, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
21 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, April 21, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
25 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
25 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, April 25, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
28 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, April 28, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
30 Little Naturalists
Thursday, April 30, 10:00 am
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is on the last Thursday of every month except November and December.

May 2015

2 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, May 2, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
2 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, May 2, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
5 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
7 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 pm
Beginners welcome to our monthly meetings. No charge. More information, visit our website at http://centralvirginiabeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in the Education Building.
9 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, May 9, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
10 Ivy Talks:
Sunday, May 10, 2:00 pm
Check back here for more information on a lecture about local culture or nature. Meet in the Education Building on the second Sunday. No charge. Seating is limited so come early.
12 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, May 12, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
13 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with native plants. Check this space for more information after December. Meetings are free and open to all in the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
14 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, May 14, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes. Meet in the parking lot.
14 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 7:00 pm
Join us to hear a presentation concerned with ornithology. Meetings are free and open to all. Meet at Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
16 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am
Come enjoy a walk with a member of the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society on the third Saturday of the month. Free and open to the all. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
16 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, May 16, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
19 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
23 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, May 23, 9:00 am
Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
23 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, May 23, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.
26 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, May 26, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings until May 26th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
28 Little Naturalists
Thursday, May 28, 10:00 am
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is on the last Thursday of every month except November and December.
30 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays include an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving.

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