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2014 –May, June . . . Winter Calendar PDF . . . Education Building Schedule

April 2014

19 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, April 19, 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.
22 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups of children. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings for eight weeks. Free and open to all. To sign up use the online form at guide info. We’ll start outside the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building.
24 Toddler Time
Thursday, April 24, 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.
26 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, April 26, 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.
26 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, April 26, 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 Sustainable Farming Day
Saturday, April 26, 2:00 pm
During today’s Barn and Farm History Day we’ll have experts who will discuss some of the aspects of sustainable farming that Conly Greer used in his days as an extension agent for the county.
27 Native Plant Sale
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 pm
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase garden grown native wildflowers, trees, and ferns from the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. The event is free and held outside the barn at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Rain moves us into the barn.
28 Birding Before Work
Monday, April 28, 7:00 to 8:30 am
Join Dave Hogg of the Monticello Bird Club for a short, early morning walk to welcome warblers and other migrants before you head off to work. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
29 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, April 29, 9:30 am
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups of children. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings for eight weeks. Free and open to all. To sign up use the online form at guide info. We’ll start outside the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building.
30 Birding Before Work
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 to 8:30 am
Join Jim Nix of the Monticello Bird Club for a short, early morning walk to welcome warblers and other migrants before you head off to work. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
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 (at) gmail.com or phone at 434-971-9618.

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

May 2014

1 Birding Before Work
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 to 8:30 am
Join Gabriel Mapel of the Monticello Bird Club for a short, early morning walk to welcome warblers and other migrants before you head off to work. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
1 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, May 1, 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.
2 Star Party
Friday, May 2, 7:30 pm
Come enjoy learning about the stars and other celestial objects while your feet remain in Ivy Creek Natural Area. Volunteers from the Charlottesville Astronomical Society will point out the skinny crescent moon and Mars. As the sky darkens they’ll help point out constellations and nebulae. 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 this event.
3 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, May 3, 7:30 am
Join Stauffer Miller of the Monticello Bird Club for an early morning bird walk. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
3 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, May 3, 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.
6 Birding Before Work
Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 to 8:30 am
Join Peter Dutnell of the Monticello Bird Club for a short, early morning walk to welcome warblers and other migrants before you head off to work. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
8 Birding Before Work
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 to 8:30 am
Join Lou Tanner of the Monticello Bird Club for a short, early morning walk to welcome warblers and other migrants before you head off to work. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
8 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, May 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, May 8, 7:00 pm
Join us for a special night as members present their own pictures and videos. Free and open to all. Meet in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center.
9 Birding Before Work
Friday, May 9, 7:00 to 8:30 am
Join Jenny Gaden of the Monticello Bird Club for a short, early morning walk to welcome warblers and other migrants before you head off to work. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
10 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, May 10, 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 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 pm
Our speaker is Lonnie Murray, Chair of the Albemarle County Natural Heritage Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Lonnie’s presentation is entitled, “Biodiversity Hotspots in Albemarle County”; he will also mention possible volunteer opportunities with the Natural Heritage Committee.
17 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, May 17, 9:00 am
Join Mary Lee Epps for a walk to see the later spring blooms that include jack-in-the-pulpit, heartleaf ginger and violet wood sorrel. Free and open to the all. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
17 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, May 17, 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.
18 Butterflies at Ivy Creek
Sunday, May 18, 1:00 pm
Enjoy the first butterfly walk of the season with 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.
24 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, May 24, 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.
29 Toddler Time
Thursday, May 29, 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.
31 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, May 31, 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.
31 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, May 31, 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.

June 2014

7 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, June 7, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with David White of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
7 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, June 7, 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 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, June 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.
14 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, June 14, 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 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, June 21, 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 Toddler Time
Thursday, June 26, 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.
28 Barn and Farm History Day
Saturday, June 28, 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.

Other Upcoming Events in 2014 — August and September

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 Rose Brown at rose@streamwatch.org.
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 Rose Brown at rose@streamwatch.org.

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