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

Basic Resources (available in library in the Eduation Building)
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

Flora and Fauna of Ivy Creek
Bird Calls: Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Frog IQ Quiz
USDA Plants
Mycotrophic Plants
Wooly Alder Aphids

Natural History Notes
Bess Murray 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, Listen here. (note that not all the tours on this link are Dede's or about Ivy Creek)

Dede Smith talks about the history of River View Farm.  Watch video here

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

Advanced Resource Books
Mammal Tracks & Sign, Mark Elbroch
Bird Tracks & Sign, Mark Elbroch
Animal Skulls, Mark Elbroch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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 –
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 –

Bats and the mystery of declining population
Bats – print version