Do you have an interest in the natural resources of our state?  Are you eager to learn about these resources and share your knowledge with others?  The Ohio Certified Naturalist Program is designed to teach participants about the natural world through science-based education, both in the classroom and in the field.  This training, coupled with community-based volunteer service, will enable participants to become certified as volunteer naturalists.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined classroom and field-based instruction on topics such as ecology, interpretation, aquatic life, geology, birds, and mammals. Certification is awarded after completion of 40 hours of volunteer service in an area benefiting natural resource education or an approved community service project.  Certification is maintained by completing eight hours of advanced training and 20 service hours annually.

2018 Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program | details coming soon!

Fee: $290. For details and registration information, contact Chris Auerbach-Brown at 330-657-2909 ext. 133 or cauerbach-brown@forcvnp.org.

The OCVN program offers 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction by natural history experts. Participants receive certification upon completion of 40 hours of approved volunteer work. This program presented in cooperation with Ohio State University.

Training Schedule (locations given upon registration).
Below was the program schedule for 2017.

April 7, Nighttime Amphibians with Presenter Garrett Ormiston & David Kriska

April 8,  Bird Walk, Aquatic Life, & Headwater Hike with Joe and Lisa Cellura, Nya Aron

April 22, Geology with Mitchell Weber

April 29, Birding with Dr. Andy Jones

May 6, Insects with Dr. Dave Shelter

May 20, Tree & Plant Identification, Entomology, Macroinvertebrates with Judy Semroc & Larry Rosche

June 3, Mushroom & Plant Identification with Walt Sturgeon & Jacqueline Kowalski

June 10, Entomology, Phenology, Pollinators with Denise Ellsworth