1. Beat the Blues with Backyard Birding

    Backyard Bird by Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center

    Mar 27, 2020

    Spring migration is always an exciting time for birders.  This year, many of our usual activities have been curtailed.  Stay-at-home birding may not have been on our agenda for this Spring but the slower pace of life now can offer some great opportunities to get to know our backyard birds more deeply.  Watching them come into their breeding plumage, find mates and rear young can be quite interesting and calming.  Spend some time on close observation, try some experiments, keep birding.  Remember - we might not have backyards full of rare birds but every bird is an interesting bird!

  2. Monarch Butterfly just released

    Beech Creek Gardens Butterfly House, Alliance, OH

    Jul 31, 2019

    Butterfly House at Beech Creek Gardens in Alliance needs volunteers.  This counts toward OCVN hours.  Contact Amy Barr if interested.

    Also, the Norma Johnson Center in Tuscarawas County could use volunteers at the Butterfly House this summer even though the Butterfly Exhibit is over (maybe next year).  Contact Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center, 330-359-5235.


  3. Monarch City USA - Cowan Lake State Park - Official Member

    Mar 29, 2019

    Great strides are being made across the county to protect the Monarch Butterfly. Monarch City USA plants milkweed and wildflowers, raises caterpillars at home, tags adult butterflies for research and, most importantly, educates others!

    Cowan Lake State Park has made a promise to the monarchs by becoming an official member of Monarch City USA! Cowan is the first park in Ohio to be designated and only the second park in the nation. More is being done at Cowan Lake to help this species.  Would you like to join us?

  4. NO DUMPING - Drains to River

    Little Miami Watershed Network Completes a Milestone

    Dec 14, 2018

    See PRESS RELEASE outlining the accomplishment of the Little Miami Watershed Network in covering the communities of Bellbrook and Sugar Creek Township with Medallions that encourage people to let only water go down the storm drains.  Part of the Network's Protect Our Water program is the hope that people will be reminded to protect our water sources. Water will be Ohio's most sought after resource in years to come and a great benefit to all mankind, if its not polluted.

  5. New Volunteer Pollinator Specialization Class in Central Ohio

    Dec 7, 2018

    We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Volunteer Pollinator Specialization program. Ohio Pollinator Advocates, OSU Master Gardeners, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum volunteers, urban farmers and others are invited to apply.

    Participants will take part in at least 30 hours of educational training through monthly specialization programs. Our emphasis will be on native bee and bumble bee biology and identification. The orientation on 2/11 and 2/12 is required; all other sessions flexible.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 

  8. 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

  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.