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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 Certified Volunteer Naturalists 2014 Impact Statement SUMMARY 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.  The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 was a very special day at Caesar Creek State Park.  Wild School Site Program Coordinators, Jen Dennison and Kathy Garza-Behr of the Ohio Division of Wildlife visited the park in order to Dedicate the Caesar Creek Nature Center as the 144th Wild School Site in Ohio...
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  Lake Erie Watersnake - Nerodia sipedon insularum     Overview:  The Lake Erie water snake, a subspecies of the Northern watersnake, comes in a variety of colors, ranging from banded gray and brown blotches to solid gray. The...
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http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/the-private-life-of-deer/full-episode/8278/ PBS Nature takes a look at one of our closest backyard neighbors, the White Tailed Deer Whitetailed deer seem to be always around us, whether they’re grazing alongside our roadways, feasting on plants in our...
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Flower and nectar supplies for hummingbirds and butteflies have been very good this summer due to the abundant rain and cooler than normal temperatures most of the state has experienced.  It is not too late to give our hummingbird friends a "helping hand" to prepare for the long...