1. Educators Needed - Wild Hearts African Farm

    May 4, 2018

    In 2010 I went through the OCVN program in Montgomery County. It changed my life. After the program, I changed careers and began the process of working towards my dream of creating an educational center in our area, where people of all ages could learn about animals and nature. I went back to college to get my master's in zoology, held a position as an ODNR State Park Naturalist for a few years and wrote a business plan for my venture. I traveled to Belize, Kenya and Namibia to study field conservation and incorporate that into the plan.

  2. Pollinator Partnership (P2) Seeking Volunteers

    May 4, 2018

    Pollinator Partnership (P2) is seeking volunteers to participate in the Ohio portion of their Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest project. Volunteers work with seed collection teams to collect seed from 20 targeted monarch host and nectar plant species. 

  3. Photo credits: Pat Biliter

    Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2018 OCVN Conference

    Dec 13, 2017

    At the Edge: Protecting, Restoring, and Interpreting Ohio’s Unique Natural Areas


  4. Butterfly House at Beech Creek Gardens, Alliance, Ohio

    Jun 28, 2017

    The Butterfly House at Beech Creek Gardens in Alliance is short of volunteers for the season. Contact Amy Barr for more information by leaving a message in her voice mail at 330-639-9157.

    All "Docent" (volunteer) shifts at the Butterfly House are:

    10:00am to 1:00pm or 1:00-4:00pm, Monday-Saturday

    12:00-2:30pm or 2:30-5:00pm, Sundays

    Summer season is June 12 to September 17

  5. City of Kettering Art Camp

    City of Kettering Volunteer Opportunities

    Jun 6, 2017

    The City of Kettering Habitat Nature Center and Rosewood Arts Center hosts several summer camps and special events that need volunteers through August 4, 2017.  Contact Brittany Davis, Assistant Volunteer Administrator for the City of Kettering, to volunteer and complete a background check.  The Adult Volunteer Application can be downloaded to complete at

  6. Leopard Slug

    Registration is Open! OCVN SUMMER EVENT! JULY 15, 2017

    May 11, 2017

    Click HERE for agenda. Building Your Ohio Natural History Knowledge and Interpretative Skills

    To Register:  Print out the registration form from The Wilderness Center, fill it out and mail it with your payment to:   The Wilderness Center, PO Box 202, Wilmot, OH  44689

  7. Green Lawn - A Very Special Park - needing volunteers through May 10

    Apr 27, 2017

    THREE projects are needing volunteers in the next two weeks – now thru approximately May 10th. We encourage you to take a little bit of time out of your busy life to make good things happen at Green Lawn!

  8. 'Build A Better World' library program

    Apr 18, 2017

    Summer volunteer service June 6 –July 24 opportunity with the South Salem Branch Library.  For more information, check with Marita Perry.

    Volunteer Naturalist needed.

  9. Citizen Scientists needed to study insect pollination

    Apr 3, 2017

    The Gardiner Lab at The Ohio State University Department of Entomology is seeking Citizen Scientists to aid in the study of insect pollination this summer! Our goal is to measure the amount of pollination provided to gardens in rural, suburban and urban landscapes. Measuring pollination is one way to gauge the health of our bee community. All that is required is a small garden space where you will be able to grow four sweet pepper plants and the willingness to follow an experimental protocol this summer!

  10. Pollinating at Fort Ancient

    Creating a Hard Road Native Corridor

    Mar 23, 2017

    Steve Herminghausen, Lead Librarian at the Northwest Library, is leading a project in the Northwest Columbus area near the Northwest Library to educate and encourage residents and property owners along the Hard Road area to replant their properties with native plants, shrubs, and trees, and to practice sustainable methods in their yards.  This area has been affected by a couple years of road widening construction.