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The mission of the OCVN program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service.

Join the Hocking Hills Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists for the 2015 State Conference at Camp Oty'Okwa, a 700 acre preserve operated by the Big Brothers - Big Sisters of Central Ohio.  It is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Southeastern Ohio.  Read More...



Welcome to the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program
The OCVN program is a research-based scientific training program that emphasizes hands-on natural resource education coupled with volunteer service. Participants in the OCVN program receive 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction. Upon completing the instructional hours, the participants provide 40 hours of volunteer service the first year twenty hours in subsequent years. Education programs and volunteer service coordination are provided through local chapters. There are currently 13 OCVN chapters around Ohio. To get started, click on Find a Chapter for chapter information near you.  If you cannot find a chapter close to you, please contact the state OCVN program coordinator, Anne Baird, at baird.41@osu.edu.  For information on classes scheduled, click on Find a Class.
After training, OCVN volunteers choose to work with in one of three areas of service:

  1. Education/Interpretive — direct or indirect outreach to the public, such as presenting natural resources information, developing educational materials, or leading nature walks;
  1. Stewardship — natural resources management activities such as trail work, invasive species removal or restoration projects; and
  1. Citizen Science — gathering data to support research projects, such as monarch larval monitoring, plant or animal counts in wetlands, or water quality monitoring.


Recent News

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  Ohio Birds and Biodiversity by Jim McCormac - Ohio Division of Wildlife http://jimmccormac.blogspot.com/   Ohio Birds and Biodiversity by Jim McCormac - Ohio Division of Wildlife http://jimmccormac.blogspot.com/ A romp through the diverse flora and fauna of Ohio. From Timber...
Ohioans Should Anticipate a Colorful Spring Wildflower Season 3/19/2015 Ohio DNR in Natural Areas Website features weekly updates on where to see Ohio native wildflowers     For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom...
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The Biggest Week in American Birding is scheduled:  May 8th thru May 17th, 2015  Visit the website below for more information and to plan your visit to NW Ohio http://www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com/     Magee Marsh Wins Reader Vote for Best Birdwatching Hawk...
Regional and Statewide Calendars of Events for 2015     Ohio State Parks host events all year long from themed campouts to hands-on learning seminars. Search their calendar at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/calendar New! Webinar Training Website...
What is a Natural Arch? With few exceptions, Ohio is not noted for its geologic features. However, the same basic processes which shaped the spectacular scenery of the Western U.S. have also been at work in Ohio. Ohio sports at least 80 natural arches that are scattered across the State. The non-...
Foraging Morels    Photo -Thomas & Dianne Jones, published under Creative Commons .http://trekohio.com/2015/04/08/foraging-morels/   By Deb Platt | April 8, 2015 | Nature Check out Deb Platt's posting regarding  Morel Mushroom...