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 local chapters http://ocvn.osu.edu/local-chapters to find out how to complete a course offered at a local chapter near you. If you cannot find a chapter close to you, please contact the state OCVN program coordinator, Anne Baird, at firstname.lastname@example.org
After training, OCVN volunteers choose to work with in one of three areas of service:
- Education/Interpretive — direct or indirect outreach to the public, such as presenting natural resources information, developing educational materials, or leading nature walks;
- Stewardship — natural resources management activities such as trail work, invasive species removal or restoration projects; and
- Citizen Science — gathering data to support research projects, such as monarch larval monitoring, plant or animal counts in wetlands, or water quality monitoring.