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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...

 

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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 baird.41@osu.edu
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

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...
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These Hills are Alive! Registration is OPEN to OCVN Members   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...
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The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is a research-based scientific training program sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) that emphasizes hands-on natural resource education coupled with community-based volunteer service. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources,...
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The new Central Ohio OCVN Chapter held their Graduation Ceremony at Shale Hollow Nature Preserve, Delaware County in October of 2014. OSU Extension in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Preservation Parks of Delaware County in partnership with Stratford Ecological Center, The...
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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...
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Jim McCormac's has written a very interesting article regarding the Cooper's Hawk.It was published in the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday, February 15, 2015.  Wonderful photos and very interesting facts about the role they play in the ecological balance of Nature. http://www.dispatch.com/...