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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.

 

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These Hills are Alive! 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 the one of most beautiful areas in...
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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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Mountain lion killed in Kentucky Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal4 p.m. EST December 17, 2014   (Photo: Courtesy: US Fish and Wildlife Service.)   A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officer killed a mountain lion on a Bourbon...
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Cornell Lab eNews January 2014 Click image to watch a short video about how the app works.  Introducing Merlin Bird ID: A New Kind of Birding App Information overload is the bane of the beginning bird watcher—as anyone knows who has ever...
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 Check out the Connections Section of this Website to learn first hand how Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists are working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as well as Federal, County and City Park Districts to further the Mission of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program...
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Course of the Teays River prior to the maximum glaciation during the Pleistocene. Note the large proglacial Lake Tight which dammed the Teays River in southern Ohio. (Image modified from Hansen, 1995)   Lake Tight Reference and diagram from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...