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

2020 OCVN Training is just around the corner! - NOW accepting applications for the next training.  Dates are still being finalized, but we are accepting applications and accept candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis for the next class.

We will hold our next class from January through April of 2020. 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 prior to or at the beginning of the first class. Deadline for applications: Applications are accepted until the class is full. 



OCVN Brochure

The ‘tentative’ agenda for 2020 is below. The date for the first class may be altered based on class enrollment.

January 25

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nature Interpretation


February 4

6-9 p.m.

Ecological Concepts

February 11

6-9 p.m.


February 18

6-9 p.m.



February 25

6-9 p.m.

Aquatic Life


March 7

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ohio Watersheds

Aquatic Life

March 10

6-9 p.m.


March 24

6-9 p.m.


April 4

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Plants and Forests

April 18

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Final Presentations