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.