Each volunteer or potential volunteer has many resources available to them at the Ivy Creek Foundation. Primary among those are the other volunteers. Each person has unique knowledge and expertise which we regularly share with each other. Their backgrounds may range from Master Naturalist training, Tree Steward training, PVCC coursework in ornithology and natural history, and many other areas from their personal work life.
Additionally there is training which can vary from a brief introduction to many hours. For example nature guide training can take 6 to 8 weeks while trail volunteers mostly require a strong pair of hands and a willingness to get dirty.
Barn Volunteer Manual
Ivy Creek Guide Manual
Common Native Trees of Virginia, Virginia Department of Forestry
Ivy Creek Handouts: Ferns, Mosses, Grasses, etc.
Golden Books for Reptiles, Insects, Ferns, etc.
Peterson’s Field Guide for Birds
Advanced Resource Books
Mammal Tracks & Sign, Mark Elbroch
Bird Tracks & Sign, Mark Elbroch
Animal Skulls, Mark Elbroch
Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders, George Constantz
Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians, Scott Weidensaul
Among the Bears, Benjamin Kilham
Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees, Nancy Ross Hugo and Robert Llewellyn
National Association for Interpretation – http://www.interpnet.com/
North American Association for Environmental Education – http://www.naaee.org/
Irvine Nature Center – http://www.explorenature.org
Sabino Canyon: The Web of Life at http://sabinocanyon4kids.com/.
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists http://www.scvntucson.org/
Leave No Trace: Center for Environmental Ethics – http://www.lnt.org/.
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Initiative – http://www.virginia.edu/ien/vnrli/index.html