This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, June 16 | 11:00am

River View Farm Tour

Join us for a tour of historic River View Farm on June 16 at 11 AM. We will explore the lives of the Carr/Greer family and their journey to landownership, farming, and education.  We will also learn about their contributions to their community and their lasting legacy. 

This is free and open to the public but space is limited to 15.  Please register at https://app.donorview.com/MzPo9


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Monday, June 17 | 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.


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Wednesday, June 19 | 10:00am

Farm and Barn History Hours

Join us for the opening of the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. It is also one of the reasons that River View Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the contributions of the Carr/Greer family to their community. Come and learn about the family, their work, and the historic exhibits featuring equipment used on the farm.


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Wednesday, June 19 | 11:00am

River View Farm Tour

Join us for a tour of Historic River View Farm. We will explore the lives of the Carr/Greer family and their journey to landownership, farming, and education. We will also learn about their contributions to their community, commitment to equality and equal rights, and their lasting legacy. Space is limited, so registration is required: https://app.donorview.com/OOgrZ


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Wednesday, June 19 | 3:00pm

River View Farm Tour

Join us for a tour of Historic River View Farm. We will explore the lives of the Carr/Greer family and their journey to landownership, farming, and education. We will also learn about their contributions to their community, commitment to equality and equal rights, and their lasting legacy. Space is limited, so registration is required: https://app.donorview.com/XP80Q


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Thursday, June 20 | 6:30pm

Ivy Talk: "Lifting As We Climb": River View Farm Women's Community Work

Learn about how some of the women of River View Farm participated in and led the local, state, and national African American Women’s social and literary clubs during Jim Crow and Civil Rights.

Before the Civil War, black and white women joined social clubs. However, these were often linked to the church or run by men. It was in the late 1800s that the Women’s Club Movement began, in which white middle-class women established national social and literary clubs. These clubs initially focused on self-improvement, but later expanded into societal reformation.

Largely left out of the Women's Club Movement, the African American Women’s Club Movement emerged. Middle-class African American women’s social clubs aimed to improve their conditions and those of all African Americans.

Our speaker, Mariah Payne, works at the Ivy Creek Foundation as the Education Coordinator. She graduated in December 2022 from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelors in History and Minors in Museum Studies and Psychology. She is a Hawkins descendant here at River View Farm and a descendant of the Gillettes at Monticello.

This talk will be offered via Zoom. Registration: https://app.donorview.com/7X6DZ


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Saturday, June 22 | 10:00am

Butterfly Program with Mike Scott

Join us on June 22 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm to learn about butterflies with Mike Scott. Mike has been volunteering at Ivy Creek since 2000, teaching people about our local butterfly and moth species. While not a “school trained” entomologist, the information he shares comes from 50 years of observing, reading, raising caterpillars, and enjoying nature.

The butterfly walks that Mike leads each summer are aimed at teaching people how to quickly identify the most common species in our area by size, color, and behavior. He also emphasizes the importance of planting both nectar plants and caterpillar food plants to encourage multiple generations of butterflies in your own yard. The session will begin with about 30 minutes of classroom time and then we hit the trails to see what we can find. 

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please sign up at https://app.donorview.com/QpyYW


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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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