This Week at Ivy Creek

Sunday, April 14 | 1:00pm

Snakes of Central Virginia Hike

Join us to learn all about native snakes of Virginia’s Central Region on a hike through Ivy Creek Natural Area. On this hike we will hope to see some of the snakes native to Virginia and learn more about their history, their habitat, and how to identify them. This hike is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 15 so registration is required.


Sunday, April 14 | 2:30pm

Ivy Talk: An Introduction to the Snakes of Virginia - Central Region

Join us to learn all about native snakes of Virginia’s Central Region! This program will explain what to do if you see a snake, how you can help snakes, snake natural history, and basic identification.  Caroline Seitz is the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) Education Committee Chair and has more than 30 years of experience as the founder and director of two wildlife education organizations along with a lifelong passion for reptiles and amphibians.  She graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Speech Communication and completed graduate level classes in herpetology and vertebrate zoology.  Caroline is using her experience as a leader and professional wildlife educator to help the VHS achieve its goal of educating people of all ages about the importance of conserving Virginia’s reptiles and amphibians.

This talk will take place at the Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm. Register here:

Monday, April 15 | 8:30am

ICF Board Meeting

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Ivy Creek Foundation.  To learn about the current month's agenda or request presentation time at a board meeting, please contact the Executive Director or the President. Meetings are being held virtually until further notice.

Tuesday, April 16 | 5:00pm

Frogs of Ivy Creek

When you take a stroll by the water in spring, do you wonder what all the peeps, croaks, and trills are?  We have only about a dozen frog species that call in the Rivanna watershed, and, with a little practice, you can easily learn to recognize them all.  In this session, we will discuss each of the species that you might hear in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, listen to their calls, and practice different ways of remembering them. Afterwards, at dusk, we will hike down to the reservoir to determine what kinds of frogs we can hear (weather dependent.)

Michelle Prysby is an Extension faculty member in the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, the Director of the Virginia Master Naturalist program, and a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer in the local Rivanna Chapter.


Saturday, April 20 | 9:00am

April Native Plant Walk

Meet at the kiosk by the parking lot at 9 AM. The Plant Walk will be led by Master Naturalist Dorothy Carney. We will take a leisurely walk on the Red Trail and expect to see many spring bloomers, including rue anemone, star chickweed, heartleaf ginger, bellwort, wild geranium, pussytoes, lyreleaf sage and more. Beginners interested in learning wildflowers are welcome.

Co-sponsored with the Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society.

Saturday, April 20 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists - Saturday

Introduce your three- to five-year-old to nature! Trained guides explore topics such as food chains, hibernation, how trees grow and more with three- to five-year-olds and their accompanying adults. The program starts indoors for 20-30 minutes where the children engage with the guides through reading nature centered books and doing a hands-on activity related to the learning in the book. This is followed with a short hike on one of the ICNA trails. Little Naturalists meet  on the second Mondays, fourth Thursdays, and third Saturdays of every month. Gatherings are held from 10:00 to 11:30 am. We prefer that people preregister for these programs. The link to register for the next third Saturday is here.  Siblings are also welcome to attend.

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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.

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