Dip Netting at Killbuck Wildlife Area
Rebuilding Bird Observation Deck in the Killbuck Marsh Area
OCVN members receive training about streams at The Wilderness Center.
OCVN Donna Meister in the completed Monarch Waystation >> Read more
Fifth-Grade Class from Hamilton Ohio plants Monarch Garden >> Read more

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.




Welcome to the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program
The OCVN program is a research-based education program that emphasizes hands-on natural resource and enironmental 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. 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 education, interpretation, and 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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Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel 2 from WildOhio PRO  2 weeks ago  NOT YET RATED The thirteen-lined ground squirrel is a remnant of Ohio's past, and a product of Ohio's future.   https://vimeo.com/127269965 Read more: wildlife.ohiodnr...
Dates: Fridays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25; Oct. 2 and 9; and Saturdays, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 Time: Fridays, 9:30 - 4:30pm; Saturdays, 8:30 - 4pm Location: The Holden Arboretum Cost: $195 For more information contact Marian Williams, Manager of...
The NYTimes has a fascinating article this morning, on the communication between species of birds and mammals about threats in the vicinity.  I thought of you guys because it’ll make particular sense to you, who monitor bird feeders.  Here are some of the highlights: Submitted by...
http://www.ohiodnr.com/news/post/new-book-offers-detailed-look-at-ohio-minerals 5/4/2015 Ohio DNR in Geological Survey Location and description information will aid mineralogists and hobbyists COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has released a new...
NatGeo Presents Humming Beautiful Birds - January 5, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1e7ZtT_1bA    A color plate illustration from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur(1899), showing a variety of hummingbirds.
Wherever you are in Ohio, you're just a short drive from an Ohio State Park. What will be your favorite park? Click on the park names below to learn more about the unique features and getaways each has to offer. http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/findapark