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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Interested!- Click HERE for a PDF Application to print and complete

If you are interested in a Fillable PDF Application please email Kristen at or Eric at  

Please return applications by Thursday, January 6, 2022, to the Mahoning County Extension Office, 490 S Broad Street Canfield, OH 44406.

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

Interested in joining our 2022 OCVN Training?  

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.


We will hold our next class from February through April of 2022. The dates listed below

Tuesday February 1st
Tuesday February 8th
Saturday February 19th
Tuesday February 22nd
Saturday March 5th
Tuesday  March 8th
Saturday March 19th
Tuesday March 22nd
Tuesday March 29th
Saturday  April 9th
Tuesday  April 12th
Tuesday  April 19th