Guide Resources

Each guide or potential guide has many resources available to them to do their volunteer work. Primary among those are the other volunteers. Each guide has unique knowledge and expertise which we regularly share with each other. Their backgrounds range from Master Naturalist training, Tree Steward training, PVCC coursework in ornithology and natural history, and many other areas.

Additionally there is guide training of six to eight week available in the spring and fall of each calendar year. Most often guide training takes place on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 by the education building. Additional guide training consists of public programs on Saturdays or Sundays.

Ivy Creek Guide Manual  (This is your primary training resource - login required)

Flora and Fauna of Ivy Creek
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Frog IQ Quiz
The Virginia Herpetological Society
USDA Plants
Mycotrophic Plants
Wooly Alder Aphids

The Chronicles of Ivy Creek: Read the amazing story of the founding of Ivy Creek Natural Area and the early years of the Ivy Creek Foundation here.

The nomination application for River View Farm for the National Register of Historic Places:  This is a long but very rich document, sharing insights into the history of River View Farm as well as documentation on the historic structures of the farmhouse, barn and outbuildings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Natural History Notes
Bess Murray,former ICF Director, wrote and recorded for broadcast 63 short talks (four to five minutes) on WTJU in the 1990s. Very concentrated information on natural history from the local region.
Listen here

Audio Tours of Ivy Creek. These free tours are prepared by Dede Smith and geared specifically to Ivy Creek.  Listen here

Dede Smith, former ICF Director, talks about the history of River View Farm.  Watch video here

Videos of Ivy Creek by Bob Gore:   Barred Owls,  Pollinator Garden,  Beech Aphids

Tom Dierauf's Extensive Report on the Forests of Ivy Creek.  See this in storymapping format.  

There are many field guides and resource books available in the library of the Eduation Building.  Guides are welcome to check out any of these resources.

National Association for Interpretation –
North American Association for Environmental Education –
Irvine Nature Center –
Sabino Canyon: The Web of Life at
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists
Leave No Trace: Center for Environmental Ethics –
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Initiative –

Information from the Shenandoah National Park on Black Bear Safety:  Read here.