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Public Program Calendar

2014 –August, September . . . Summer Calendar PDF . . . Education Building Schedule

July 2014

27 Animal Skulls and Teeth
Sunday, July 27, 2:00 pm
Learn the secrets about different species of mammals by examining and seeing their skulls. Gain a greater understanding of the animal’s life cycle by the structure of their skull. Meet in the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. No charge.
31 Toddler Time
Thursday, July 31, 10:00 am
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.
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 @ gmail.com or phone at 434-971-9618.

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

August 2014

2 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, August 2, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with Jenny Gaden of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
2 Barn Docent Training
Saturday, August 2, 1:00 pm
Become a barn docent. Learn how to interact with the public using the history of the barn and River View Farm. Meet in front of the barn.
2 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, August 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.
7 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 pm
Beginners welcome to our meetings. No charge. Visit our website at http://centralvirginiabeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in the Education Building.
9 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, August 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 Butterflies at Ivy Creek
Sunday, August 10, 1:00 pm
Enjoy a butterfly walk with enthusiast Mike Scott. Start by meeting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center to see Mike’s impressive display of the butterflies of Ivy Creek and for an introduction to identification skills. Continue on the trails with Mike. Fun for the whole family. No charge.
16 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, August 16, 9:00 am
Walk with native plant enthusiast Tana Herndon to see the spectacular late blooming wildflowers of summer. Cardinal Flower, Horsemint,, Ground Nut, Boneset, and Jewelweed are among the flowers that bloom in August at Ivy Creek. We’ll also keep an eye out for lady tresses Orchids and Goldenrod. Co-sponsored with the Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free and open to the public.
16 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, August 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.
23 StreamWatch – Advanced Training Workshop
Saturday, August 23, 9:00 am
This workshop is only open to StreamWatch volunteers who have already attended an Introductory Workshop. Please sign up by contacting Anne Dunckel at anne@streamwatch.org.
23 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, August 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.
24 Native Trees of Ivy Creek
Saturday, August 24, 2:00 pm
Join Ellen Powel on a summer walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area to learn to identify trees indigenous to Central Virginia. Meet by the kiosk of Ivy Creek Natural Area. The event is free.
25 Nighthawk Migration: Circus in the Sky
Monday, August 25, 7:00 pm
Join Dave Hogg of the Monticello Bird Club to watch the first of two nights of nighthawk’s acrobatics as observed in aerial feeding on hunting circuits from the reservoir to native grass field. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot.
27 Nighthawk Migration: Circus in the Sky
Wednesday, August 27, 7:00 pm
Join Dave Hogg of the Monticello Bird Club to watch the second of two nights of nighthawk’s acrobatics as observed in aerial feeding on hunting circuits from the reservoir to native grass field. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot.
28 Toddler Time
Thursday, August 28, 10:00 am
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.
30 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, August 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.

September 2014

2 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, September 2, 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 April 29th. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
4 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm
Beginners welcome to our meetings. No charge. Visit our website at http://centralvirginiabeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in the Education Building.
5 First Fridays Under the Stars
Friday, September 5, 8:00 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.
6 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, September 6, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with Tom Jones of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
6 Barn Docent Training
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 pm
Become a barn docent. Learn how to interact with the public using the history of the barn and River View Farm. Meet in front of the barn.
6 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, September 6, 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.
7 Ivy Creek Foundation Annual Meeting
Sunday, September 7, 2:00 pm
The Staff and Board of Ivy Creek Foundation invite you to their Annual Meeting for the election of its new board, the 2014 Strategic Plan and vision for the future.  A special to be announced program available only to Ivy Creek members will be featured after the conclusion of Foundation business. The meeting will take place in the Education Building.
13 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, September 13, 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.
14 Ivy Talks
Sunday, September 14, 2:00 pm
Save the date for an interesting lecture at the Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Second Sunday afternoons throughout the fall months. Check our website or the fall newsletter for more information. To save a seat email programs@ivycreekfoundation.org.
20 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, September 20, 9:00 am
Walk with native plant enthusiast Tim Williams to see the spectacular late blooming wildflowers of summer. Goldenrods and Asters, as well as the showy fruits of Spicebush and Strawberry Bush are among the flowers that bloom in mid September at Ivy Creek. Co-sponsored with the Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free and open to the public.
20 StreamWatch – Introductory Training Workshop
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 am
The workshop will cover the fundamentals of stream biological sampling—catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates for the purpose of evaluating water quality and stream health. The workshop is free, but class size is limited. Please sign up by contacting Anne Dunckel at anne@streamwatch.org.
20 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, September 20, 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.
25 Toddler Time
Thursday, September 25, 10:00 am
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.
27 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, September 27, 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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