The mission of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service.


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 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction. Upon completing the instructional hours, the participants provide 40 hours of volunteer service the first year, 20 hours in each subsequent year.

Education programs and volunteer service coordination are provided through local chapters. There are currently 13 OCVN chapters around Ohio. To get started, visit to find out how to complete a course offered at a local chapter near you. If you cannot find a chapter close to you, contact Anne Baird, the state OCVN program coordinator, at