This Week at Ivy Creek

Sunday, April 30 | 1:00pm

Annual Native Plant Sale 2017

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, trillium, Mayapple, wild ginger, Dutchman’s breeches, wild geranium, and others. Summer and fall flowering pollinator attractors including milkweed, beebalm, coneflowers, liatris, asters, and goldenrods  will also be featured. Uncommon native trees and shrubs will be offered  too. 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.

Monday, May 1 | 4:00pm

Junior Naturalists

The Junior Naturalist Program includes activities for age groups 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. Dan Bieker as always leads the younger group with much able assistance from his team of volunteers. The younger group will explore the fields, forests and streams of the Ivy Creek Natural Area while learning about the native plants and wildlife of our area (including snakes, spiders and bats!). Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. All activities will be conducted outdoors unless severe weather moves us inside for hands-on workshop activities. Everything starts January 23rd at 4:00 pm at the Education Building.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the younger group contact Dan Bieker at danbieker @ or 434-971-9618.

Register for the older group by contacting Deborah Andersen at dandersen64 @ or Steve Pullinger at hyker19 @

Tuesday, May 2 | 9:30am

Volunteer Guide Training

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 9. Free and open to all.

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

Wednesday, May 3 | 7:00pm

Monticello Bird Club meeting

This month learn the results of the photo contest. The MBC does not schedule meetings during the summer months of June, July, and August. For more information or directions to find us, contact us at Free and open to the public. Meet in the Education Building.

Thursday, May 4 | 7:00pm

Central Virginia Beekeepers Meeting

Come hear Diego DeCorte discuss the critical role the environment plays in beekeeping. Also Brian Morse, Certified Wildlife Biologist, will speak about habitat restoration, including wildflower meadow creation. Come to a meeting of local beekeepers. Beginners welcome to all meetings. No charge. Meet in the Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Find out more at

Saturday, May 6 | 7:30am

First Saturday Bird Walk

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.

Saturday, May 6 | 2:00pm

Barn and Farm History Hours

Come inside the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open weekend afternoons until Thanksgiving.

About Ivy Creek

Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA) is a 215-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia.

With six 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

Newly Published

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.