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2014 –October, November, December, January, . . . August Calendar PDF . . . Education Building Schedule

September 2014

16 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, September 16, 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 October 21st. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the Education Building.
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 962-3527 or anne@streamwatch.org. Meet in the Education Building.
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.
23 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, September 23, 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 October 21st. 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 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 Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, September 27, 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.
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.
30 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, September 30, 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 October 21st. Free and open to all. Sign up at the online form at ivycreekfoundation.org/cform/guideinfo.php. We’ll start outside the 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

October 2014

2 Central Virginia Beekeepers Association Meeting
Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm
Learn more about honey and wound healing. Beekeeping books mention the antibacterial properties of honey. But what does science say. Marcel Durieux will review the evidence for use of honey as a wound healing treatment. Beginners welcome to our meetings. No charge. Visit our website at http://centralvirginiabeekeepers.org for more details. Meet in the Education Building.
4 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, October 4, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with Leigh Surdukowski of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
Bird Seed Sale
Month of October
Monticello Bird Club Seed Sale – Annual Bird Seed Sale – October. Many different kinds of seed to choose from! Funds raised in the sale are used by the Monticello Bird Club to support nature-related educational and conservation projects. Sale runs only during October! For order forms, visit the Monticello Bird Club website at monticellobirdclub.org, call Jim Hill at (434) 975-6523 or email at jimcarhill@comcast.net.
4 Barn Docent Training
Saturday, October 4, 10:00 am
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.
4 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, October 4, 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 Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, October 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 October 21st. 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, October 8, 7:30 pm
“The Ecological Regions and Natural Communities of Virginia.” Our speaker is Gary Fleming, the highly regarded author of an introductory chapter for The Flora of Virginia, “The Nature of the Virginia Flora.” Gary is Vegetation Ecologist with the Natural Heritage Division of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, and has an intimate knowledge of the ecology of our flora. Gary’s presentation will be illustrated with many photographs of our natural areas. All are welcome. Meetings are free and open to all in the Education Building
9 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, October 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 appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.
9 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, October 9, 7:00 pm
Learn more about birds of other lands when Peter Nebel from Augusta County will talk about Birds of Korea. Meetings are free and open to all. Meet in the Education Building. Newcomers always welcome. Check the Monticello Bird Club website at monticellobirdclub.org for details.
11 Native Plant Walk
Saturday, October 11, 9:00 am
Walk with native plant enthusiast Drew Chaney. The theme of this walk will be fall fruits and trees. Ivy Creek has a remarkable diversity of trees and many should be in their full autumn glory 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.
11 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, October 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: Food in the 1800s
Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm
Culinary historian, Leni Sorensen will talk about the challenges of growing and cooking food during the 19th century in central Virginia. Meet in the Education Building. No charge. Seating is limited so come early.
14 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, October 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 October 21st. 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 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, October 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.
19 Music and Poetry in the Natural World
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Blue O’Connell and members of the Live Poets Society will celebrate the natural world with a unique multi-art blending of music, photography, art and poetry. For all ages. No charge. Meet in the Education Building.
21 Ivy Creek Volunteer Guide Training
Tuesday, October 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. The last meeting today until spring. 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, October 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, October 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.
30 Toddler Time
Thursday, October 30, 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.

November 2014

1 First Saturday Bird Walk
Saturday, November 1, 7:30 am
Join us for an early morning bird walk with Stauffer Miller of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.
1 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, November 1, 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 First Fridays Under the Stars
Friday, November 7, 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.
8 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, November 8, 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.
9 Ivy Talks: The Fall/Winter Sky
Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm
Come learn about the sights of the late fall and early winter sky from Associate Professor of Astronomy Ed Murphy. Mr. Murphy is in charge of the observation program at the University of Virginia. Meet in the Education Building. No charge. Seating is limited so come early.
12 Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Hear Marcia Mabee on “The Delights and Challenges of Owning One of Virginia’s Natural Area Preserves.” She will talk about Naked Mountain and the ecological features that make the area so special, including thousands of Shooting Star wildflowers and also Torrey’s Pycnanthemum as well as the challenges, including managing invasive plants and dealing with rattlesnakes and visiting bears. Meetings are free and open to all in the Education Building.
13 Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, November 13, 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.
13 Monticello Bird Club Meeting
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm
Continue learning about birds of other countries when Nell Frederickson of Lynchburg talks about birds of Bolivia. Meetings free and open to the public in the Education Building.
15 Farm and Barn History Day
Saturday, November 15, 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.
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 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.

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.
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.

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