Mission -

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.

Training Topics include:

  •  Soil, Geology and Watersheds
  •  Ecology and Stewardship
  •  Working with the public & communication skills
  •  Botany & Forests
  •  Entomology & Herpetology
  •  Ornithology & Mammals

2019 Training 

We will be holding an OCVN training over the winter and into spring during evenings and a couple Saturdays.  Application deadline is January 11, 2019.  Please click on the application link below, complete the application and mail to OSU Extension - 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

The OCVN program is $200 per person. This includes the manual, refreshments, some meals, speakers and more! Once applications are received, they will be reviewed for acceptance into the program.  Applicants will be notified of their status and payment is due January 21, 2019.

OCVN APPLICATION - pdf

OCVN APPLICATION - word

OCVN Flier 

OCVN Brochure

 

Date & Location

Times

OCVN Chapter/Topic

Speakers

Food

 

Jan. 21

OSUE

6 - 7 pm

 

 

 

7 – 9 pm

Welcome & Introductions

Intro to OSUE & Your Role

Historical View of OSU Extension

Chapter 1: OCVN & Classification

Chapter 6: Stewardship

Eric Barrett, OSU Extension

 

Amy Reeher, SWCD

 

Snacks, water in pitchers

Feb. 4

OSUE

6 – 9pm

Chapter 7: Geology

Chapter 8: Soils

Cheryl Mattevi, Kent State University

Snacks, water in pitchers

**Feb. 16

Huston-Brumbaugh NC

10 – 12pm

12– 12:30

12:30 – 2  

2 – 4 pm

Chapter 13: Ornithology

Brown Bag Lunch

 

Chapter 2: Nature Interpretation

 

 

Adam Zorn, Huston-Brumbaugh NC &

 

 

Snacks, water in pitchers

March 4

OSUE

6 - 9 pm

 

Chapter 12: Herpetology

 

 

TBD

 

Snacks, water in pitchers

March 18

OSUE

6 – 9 pm

 

Chapter 14: Mammals

 

Richelle Gatto, ODNR

Snacks, water in pitchers

April 1

OSUE

 

6 –- 9 pm

Chapter 3: Ecological Concepts

  Ecotones & Human Impact

Mill

Creek / Nature Center Staff

Snacks, water in pitchers

**April 13

OSUE

 

MC Farm MH Trail

10am–12

12 – 12:30

12:30-2pm

2-4pm

Chapter 9: Plants and Invasives

Pizza lunch provided

Chapter 10: Forests

Cover Chapter, then Tree ID with Kathy (dress for the weather)

Robin Christensen

Kathy Smith, OSU Extension

Pizza, water in pitchers, snacks

April 22

OSUE

6 – 9 pm

Chapter 11: Entomology including invasives

 

Ashley Kulhanek, OSU Extension

Snacks, water in pitchers

**May 4

 

Berlin Lake

10–12

12-12:30

12:30-2:30

2:30-4

Chapter 4: Ohio’s Watersheds Mgt

Brown Bag Lunch

 

Chapter 5: Aquatic Life

Sharon Perkins

& Matt Pook

Army Corps

Snacks, water in pitchers

**May 18

OSUE

 

10:00-4:00

 

Final Presentations and Final Exam

 

 

Eric Barrett & OCVN Volunteers

 

Catered lunch

May 25

OSUE

10:00 – 4:00

Weather Make-Up Date

**Indicates Saturday Date