The OCVN 2020 State Conference "Taking Flight with Citizen Science."
Time Frame: Virtual events from May—Aug. 2020
In a virtual format we will explore how citizen science is impacting scientific understanding and conservation and how we can use it to build our naturalist skills and create and protect habitat in our communities.
Virtual events are free, but you will need to register. After completion, meetings will be recorded and available on demand on our Continuing Education webpage at https://ocvn.osu.edu/training-opportunities-experience-and-credit-hours
Virtual Kickoff for Taking Flight with Citizen Science
Matt Shumar, Program Coordinator of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, provided our keynote and kick off. Matt helps us explore the role citizen science is playing in bird conservation and how we can use the tools of citizen science to improve our naturalist skills and conserve bird habitat at our local patch and park.
Jennifer Fee, Cornell University. More information on this session on youth, birds, and citizen science coming soon!
Jennifer Thieme, Monarch Joint Venture Regional Monitoring Coordinator. Jennifer will help us understand what we are learning about monarchs and regional conservation through citizen science projects, how you can build your naturalist skills through these projects, and where in Ohio is monarch monitoring really needed and how you can help.
Welcome to the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program
How to Become an OCVN
1. Complete the 40 hour OCVN course at an approved location.
To find an approved OCVN course location near you go to Find a Course.
Once you have completed your coursework, you must volunteer for a nonprofit organization that has a similar mission to the OCVN program (i.e., raising awareness of Ohio’s environment and natural resources through science based education and stewardship) for a minimum of 40 hours within the first full year after completing your coursework. After course completion, OCVNs typically volunteer in the following service categories: Education/Interpretation & Outreach, Citizen Science, Land Stewardship, and Program Support. See 'About Us' for more details.
3. Maintain your certification.
To maintain your status as an OCVN you must continue to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per year, and attend at least 8 hours of continuing education per year.