This Week at Ivy Creek

Sunday, November 26 | 2:00pm

Changing Landscape Hike

Much has changed since the days at River View Farm but there are still signs of that early activity in the current forests. Take a walk and see some of the effects of farming and time on the current landscape. Tom Wild will lead a walk on November 26 at 2 PM and point out some of the evidence of forest succession, different forest ecosystems, and the imprint of farm activity on the landscape.

Registration is required as space is limited to 15. To register, visit

Friday, December 1 | 12:00pm

First Fridays Under the Sun

Solar Observing sessions are scheduled for every first Friday of every month in 2023.  The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will present and bring their special Solar telescope(s), which will allow us to safely see sunspots, solar flares and prominences, and other features on the living cauldron that is our sun.  We'll start at noon in the education building for a short presentation, then go outside to the field next to the parking lot at 12:20.  

Cloudy weather cancels the outdoor portion.

Although this event is free and open to the public, we ask that you contact the Charlottesville Astronomical Society at if you plan to attend.  Only if at least one visitor makes contact and confirms attendance, can the CAS guarantee that they will be at Ivy Creek for their presentation and telescope observing session.

Saturday, December 2 | 7:30am

First Saturday Bird Walk

On the first Saturday of each month, the Piedmont Virginia Bird Club offers a bird walk, led by a club member, at Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm. Participants gather in the parking lot at 7:30am.

Birders of all levels are welcome. The club has binoculars which participants may borrow. This event is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.

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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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