This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, December 8 | 2:00pm

Master Naturalists Training Class Info Session #2

The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is a valued partner of Ivy Creek Foundation that provides many hours of service to ICF, guiding tours, leading programs, and various other activities. If joining a volunteer corps dedicated to preserving our natural heritage appeals to you, check out one of their information sessions being held at Ivy Creek. They are on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 AM; Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 PM, and Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 AM. Already know you'd like to join the 2020 training class? It will run on Wednesday mornings from February 10 to May 20 with Wednesday afternoon and Saturday field trips.  All sessions will take place at Ivy Creek. Application forms are available at vmn-rivanna.org. Deadline for applying is January 3. Address to send them is in the instructions. For more information, email Sandy at rma.curriculum@gmail.com or call Ida Swenson at 434-996-8405 or email at idathefriz@gmail.com.


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Monday, December 9 | 10:00am

Envelope Stuffing Party

An envelope stuffing party for the Fall Appeal letter. If you're interested in helping out, please RSVP to Rochelle at rochelle@ivycreekfoundation.org.


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Wednesday, December 11 | 9:00am

Master Naturalists Training Class Info Session #3

The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is a valued partner of Ivy Creek Foundation that provides many hours of service to ICF, guiding tours, leading programs, and various other activities. If joining a volunteer corps dedicated to preserving our natural heritage appeals to you, check out one of their information sessions being held at Ivy Creek. They are on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 AM; Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 PM, and Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 AM. Already know you'd like to join the 2020 training class? It will run on Wednesday mornings from February 10 to May 20 with Wednesday afternoon and Saturday field trips.  All sessions will take place at Ivy Creek. Application forms are available at vmn-rivanna.org. Deadline for applying is January 3. Address to send them is in the instructions. For more information, email Sandy at rma.curriculum@gmail.com or call Ida Swenson at 434-996-8405 or email at idathefriz@gmail.com.


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Wednesday, December 11 | 7:30pm

VA Native Plant Society: Tiger Swallowtails and Flame Azalea Pollination

VNPS Jefferson Chapter Meeting: Tiger Swallowtails and Flame Azalea Pollination

 Wednesday, December 11th, 7:00-9:00 pm, Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville.

Dr. Mary Jane Epps will join us to discuss tiger swallowtails pollinating flame azalea. Mary Jane is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Mary Baldwin University, and is the daughter of our chapter president Mary Lee Epps. Mary Jane earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. Free; all are welcome.


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Thursday, December 12 | 9:00am

Volunteer Work Day

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. Meet in the parking lot.


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Thursday, December 12 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists Thursday

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 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.


Pollinator Workshop

Rusty patched bumblebee

US Fish & Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

Registration is open for our Pollinator Workshop on Saturday, November 9. Learn how to attract pollinators and go home with some tools to help you do it. For more information, click here.

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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