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.
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
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.
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
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 – https://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 – https://lnt.org
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Initiative – https://vnrli.ien.virginia.edu