The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program seeks to train nature-loving citizens who wish to learn more about nature and volunteer in their community. The program, offered by OSU Extension in partnership with Medina County Parks, aims to prepare knowledgeable volunteers to educate the public and promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio’s natural resources. Participants receive classroom and field-based instruction on topics such as wildlife, insects, wetlands, ecology, geology, nature interpretation and more, all taught by state and local experts.
The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program is a research-based scientific training program that emphasizes hands-on natural resource education coupled with volunteer service. Participants in the OCVN program receive at least 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction. Upon completing the instructional hours, the participants select a nature-themed organization to volunteer for, such as a nature center or the Medina County Park District, to provide 40 hours of volunteer service the first year, 20 hours in each subsequent year. Only after you train AND volunteer 40 hours are you fully certified as a Ohio CERTIFIED Volunteer Naturalist. You must be 18 years or older to participate.
This intensive training will be held Wednesdays beginning August 14 through October 23rd. Classes run from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at various Medina County locations. DEADLINE to register is July 5, 2019. Cost is $250 per person and includes the full series of classes, training materials, snacks, and tools. After training is complete, participants are encouraged to apply to be volunteers for Medina County Parks or other organizations supporting environmental missions to put their new knowledge to use in the community.
For more information, visit go.osu.edu/ocvn, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the OSU Extension Office at 330-725-4911.