Find a networking group

Listed below are chapters or groups that get together to network and organize advance training opportunities for Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists. 








Top of Ohio

Counties served: Logan (see 'Find A Class' for more info)
Year Originated: 2016
Contact:  Annie Mead



Johnny Appleseed Park District

Johnny Appleseed Park
2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801

Contact: Chris Fetzer, Volunteer Coordinator at




Counties served: Clinton, Warren
Year Originated: 2015
Contact:  Erin Shaw



Central Ohio Group

Counties served: Franklin, Delaware
Year Originated: 2014
Contact:  Rich Niccum, Education Services Manager
Preservation Parks of Delaware County
(740) 524-8600 x3 office
(740) 973-6989 cell
(740) 524-8200 fax

Activities: We meet a few times a year for networking and advanced training.  Contact Rich Niccum for a current schedule.


Counties served: Cuyahoga, Summit
Cuyahoga Valley
Chris Auerbach-Brown
Conservance for Cuyahoga Valley Naional Park Director of Programs
1(330) 657-2909 X 122 Work
1403 West Hines Hill Road, Penisnusula

Counties served: Hancock and surrounding counties

Hancock County

Year Originated: 2008
Sarah Betts  - Natural Resources Coordinator   
Hancock Park District Headquarters
1424 East Main Cross Street
Findlay, OH 45840

Website -


Counties served:  Hocking, Fairfield, Athens, Pickaway, Vinton

Hocking Hills Region
Year Originated: 2008
OCVN Coordinator
Joyce Shriner, CFLE
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development/
Agriculture and Natural Resources
150 North Homer Avenue
Logan, OH 43138
740-385-3222 Office
Chapter President:  Bea Mills

Activities:  Hocking meets quarterly in the evening with a business meeting followed by a speaker/educational session. 

Counties served:  Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Summit

Holden Arboretum

Year Originated: 2010
Marian Williams – OCVN Coordinator and Manager of Information Services
The Holden Arboretum
9500 Sperry Road
Kirtland, Ohio 44094-5172
(440) 602-3811

Danae Wolfe, Extension Educator
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Summit County, Western Reserve EERA
2525 State Road, Suite 250
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Phone: 330.928.4769 ext. 17
Fax: 330.928.9418



Erie County OCVN Chapter

Counties served:  Erie

Year Originated: 2015
Jennifer Bucheit –Eduation Coordinator

Old Woman Creek NERR
2514 Cleveland Rd. E
Huron, OH  44839
Phone: 419-433-4601 x120

Erie County OCVN contact:

Ohio State University Extension Cooperating Partner
Tim Malinich
OSU Extension Erie County
2900 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
(419) 627-7631
Email: Malinich.1@osu.ed

OCVN Chapter Spotlight – Erie County



Counties served:  Licking, Franklin

Licking County

Year Originated: 2007
Community Engagement Coordinator / OCVN Coordinator
Leslie Bline
The Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Road
Newark, Ohio 43056


Counties served: Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull

Mahoning County

Year Originated: 2006
OSU Extension - Mahoning County
Eric Barrett - AgNR Educator

Catherine Wears, AgNR & 4-H Programs Assistant
490 S. Broad Street
Canfield, Ohio 44406
Tel -  330-533-5538

Mahoning is trying a new format to their OCVN program schedule this year. This year, the OCVNs will be meeting from 6:30-7:00PM on the third Wednesday of the month, every other month, beginning on March 18th.  A program that is open to public will then follow from 7:00-8:30PM with speakers from around Ohio.  We do ask that people still RSVP as these are limited to 40 attendees. 

Activities:  Mahoning County Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists 2015 Schedule

March - Wednesday the 18th:  6:30-7PM meeting.  7-8:30PM Program.
Kathy Smith, Forestry Program Director, OSUE ENR—Invasive Species

May - Wednesday the 20th:  6:30-7PM meeting.  7-8:30PM Program.
Dennis Clement, Coordinator Ohio EPA—Office of Environmental Education—Project WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People

July - Wednesday the 15th:  6:30-7PM meeting.  7-8:30PM Program.
Vincent Messerly, PE President of the Ohio Wetlands Foundation—Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program for the Youngstown Area

September - Wednesday the 16th:  6:30-7PM meeting.  7-8:30PM Program.
Kathi Vrable-Bryan, Mahoning SWCD District Administrator—“4R Tomorrow”

November - Wednesday the 18th:  6:30-7Pm meeting.  7-8:30PM Program.
Marne Titchenell, OSU ENR Program Specialist, Wildlife—Nest Boxes for Wildlife/Attracting Woodland Wildlife

January - Wednesday the 20th:  6:30-7PM meeting.  7-8:30PM Program TBD.

Counties served:  Richland

Richland County

Year Originated: 2015
Judith Villard
Richland County Office
1495 Longview Drive, Suite 206
Mansfield, OH 44906
(419) 747-8755


Counties served: Greene, Montgomery, Warren, Clinton, Clark, Butler, Preble, Hamilton, Clermont, Fayette, Highland, Champaign, Miami

SW (Southwest) RiverLands

Year Originated: 2007
Chapter President:  Richard Kneisel,



Counties served:  Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Monroe (SE Michigan)

We partner with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area
Toledo Area

Facebook Page

Year Originated: 2008
Lee Richter – OSU Coordinator
OSU Extension at the Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG)
5403 Elmer Drive Building
Toledo, OH, 43615-2803
(419) 578-6783



Counties served:  Stark, Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Medina, Ashland, Coshocton, Summit

The Wilderness Center

Year Originated: 2007
Carrie Elvey, OCVN Coordinator/Naturalist
P.O. Box 202,
9877 Alabama Ave SW
Wilmot, Ohio 44689-0200
(330) 359-5235



Counties served:  Wood

Wood County

Year Originated: 2012
Jim Witter, OCVN Coordinator
Wood County Park District
18729 Mercer Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Phone: 419-661-1697, ext. 1
Cell: 419-575-7345
Wood County Park District Chapter OCVN
OCVN Facebook
Wood County Parks Facebook
Wood County Parks

Ohio State University Extension Cooperating Partner
Craig Everett
OSU Extension Wood County
639 S. Dunbridge Road, Suite 1
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
(419) 354-9050
OCVN Chapter Spotlight - Wood County

Activities:  See 'Find A Class' for upcoming 2016 course schedule (begins April 2016).