This Week at Ivy Creek

Sunday, April 21 | 2:00pm

Barn and Farm History Hours: Sunday

Come inside the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. It is also a local Virginia African American Heritage Trail site. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open weekend afternoons until Thanksgiving. Additionally, there are historical displays about the Carr/Greer family who lived here for over one hundred years.

Tuesday, April 23 | 9:30am

Volunteer Guide Training

Become a volunteer guide! Learn how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics may include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings outside the Education Building starting September 11 until October 30. Free and open to all.

Please fill out our Volunteer Form in advance. We’ll start outside the Education Building.

Tuesday, April 23 | 10:00am

Robust Aging Toolbox - Spring

Dan Kulund brings his robust aging toolbox to Ivy Creek for you every Tuesday morning from 10-11:30. The toolbox contains 25 tools. Each one is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong as you get older. You can use these tools in the woods and around your neighborhood, and even in your home or at work. What’s in your toolbox? Start in the Education Building where tools are provided from 10-11:30 am. Sessions begin indoors and often move outside to handle tools. Free and open to the public. Attend as often as you like. See lessons learned from our animal friends: Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion

Thursday, April 25 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists

Introduce your three to five year-old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Education Building. In 2019, we will meet four times a month on the first and third Mondays and the second and fourth Thursdays. Come enjoy rain or shine. Free. No registration required. Siblings welcome.

Thursday, April 25 | 4:00pm

The Songs of Frogs and Toads

What better way to celebrate the new season than to learn the sounds of spring? Michelle Prysby will present a program on local frogs and toads and how to identify their songs and calls. Free and open to all. Meet in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center.

Saturday, April 27 | 9:00am

Volunteer Work Day - Saturday

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 and close-toed shoes/boots. Meet in the parking lot.

Saturday, April 27 | 1:00pm

Annual Native Plant Sale

Shop the Annual Native Plant Sale in the barn. Join the largest crowd of the year at Ivy Creek for the Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Chapter members will have potted over 1,500 native plants with an emphasis on spring favorites: Virginia bluebells, toadshade trillium, Dutchman's breeches, toothwort, butterfly weed, monardas, coreopsis, heuchera, creeping phlox, wild stonecrop sedum, Mayapple, wild ginger, wild geranium, and others. Summer and fall flowering pollinator attractors including milkweed, beebalm, coneflowers, liatris, asters, and goldenrods  will also be featured. First time offerings include shrubby St. Johnswort and golden Alexanders. Uncommon native trees and shrubs will be offered too. Volunteers needed on Friday afternoon to set up tables, sort, and label for sale. Final preparations start on Saturday morning.  

A large portion of the profits are donated to Ivy Creek Foundation, while other educational and conservation activities are also supported. These very affordably priced plants have sold out quickly in the past.

About Ivy Creek

Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA) is a 219-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia.

With seven miles of trails traversing a mix of upland woods, pine stands, fields, streams, and shoreline, ICNA is an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia.

Learn More

Now Available

Forests at Ivy Creek Cover

The Forests of Ivy Creek: Past, Present and Future by Tom Dierauf is now available as a PDF download.

Many ICF members and partner organizations have been waiting for Mr. Dierauf's two-year inventory and report on ICNA.

This important work was done in conjunction with the County of Albemarle to catalog the changes in and condition of the land, tree stands, and biodiversity of our conservation area and give a glimpse of what it might look like in the future.