This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, April 23 | 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.


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Sunday, April 23 | 2:00pm

Native Trees and Shrubs of Ivy Creek

Learn the native shrubs and trees of Ivy Creek on our walk. We'll be using leaf, bark, branching, seed, flower, and other distinguishing characteristics. Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry will lead us. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.


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Tuesday, April 25 | 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.


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Thursday, April 27 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists Thursday

Introduce your three to five year-old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is now twice a month on the second Monday and last Thursday.


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Saturday, April 29 | 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.