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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Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) can be found growing along road ditches and in medium to dry prairies and meadows. It's also a very attractive addition to any garden and quite easy to grow from seed. Its unusual foliage and tendency to bloom in the morning sun and close mid-day make...
Oak Openings is a great place to view rare and endangered species, including the Karner blue butterfly.   https://vimeo.com/130363043
Wild Ohio presents - Searching for Badgers The elusive badger is one of Ohio's wildlife species that is rarely seen. Learn more about the American badger: wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/species-guide-index/mammals/american-badger   https://vimeo.com/130136623
Space Invaders: Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasives This video demonstrates the importance of invasive species prevention and control in Ohio's aquatic and terrestrial environments.    https://vimeo.com/130332831  
Wild Ohio Presents -   https://vimeo.com/130865975 Ohio's Reintroduced Species Ohio's wildlife diversity is its badge of honor. In this seven and a half minute video, you will see the success of some recent reintroductions of wildlife to Ohio.  The introduction of the...
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WATCH: Rare Shark Feeding Frenzy in North Carolina Jun 16, 2015; 10:20 AM ET Check out this footage taken in October of 2014 of a shark feeding frenzy at Cape Lookout National Seashore. The presence of these sharks and large schools of fish is actually a sign of a very healthy ecosystem....