About Ivy Creek Foundation
Connecting people to the past and present by honoring the land, history, and community.
To inspire awareness of human interaction with our environment and engage others in stewardship of our natural and cultural history.
The more we understand about the quality of the land and how it nurtures a diversity of life, the better we can appreciate the impact we have on it, especially when we change its natural structure to suit our own purposes. This knowledge allows us to make better decisions for the whole, and be better stewards of our resources to benefit human society without unconsidered detriment to both other species and the needs of future generations.
The Ivy Creek Foundation aims to:
- Conserve the natural state of lands under our care and management
- Protect native flora and fauna, and promote the appreciation of both
- Educate the community on the value of natural spaces and natural history
- Foster the understanding of how human cultures have worked with and on the land through time
- Explore the role of history in the context of the land which supports all of us
- Use the lands under our care as a lens that focuses attention on best management practices for natural resources and wildlife
A Short History of the Ivy Creek Foundation
In the fall of 1975 The Nature Conservancy (TNC) contracted to buy the 80-acre Riverview Farm along Ivy Creek, which it recognized as a place of beauty and ecological integrity, as well as a good opportunity to preserve green space in a rapidly urbanizing section of Albemarle County. The local TNC Project committee, led by Babs Conant, maintained oversight of the land, upgrading the house and grounds. TNC worked with Charlottesville and Albemarle to help them procure federal funds to purchase the land as a natural area to be owned and managed jointly by the city and the county.
When Babs Conant left Charlottesville for New York State in March of 1978, she expressed her hope that the citizen group she organized and sustained would serve as an advisory committee to the city and county after the land transfer occurred. On October 30, 1978 title to the Preserve was passed to the city and county, and it became the Ivy Creek Natural Area.