Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course (Online), Winter 2022

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Tuesday January 4

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

LIVE VIRTUAL COURSE: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 4 – February 24 from 6–8 pm on Zoom only 

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center in collaboration with OSU Extension in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. For more information see:  https://ocvn.osu.edu/

$270 for the full virtual course, including all reading materials, certification fee with OSU, and live online instruction. Available to adults and mature teens 16 and up. Application deadline is noon on Monday, January 3, but spots fill fast, so don’t delay! 

The mission of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is to “promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service.” The program emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service. Coursework includes training in geology, plants, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, ecology, stewardship, and interpretation. Classes are offered throughout the state, and Cincinnati Nature Center is the largest provider.

Participants of this OCVN course will have 32 hours of live online class time and will be required to do 8 hours of independent outdoor homework, plus readings and multiple-choice quizzes. You must have access to a computer and internet to take this course.

To receive certification, upon completing the OCVN course, participants must document 40 hours of volunteer service and/or continuing education at any Ohio organization with a compatible program mission. After certification, 20 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education are required annually to remain certified. If you choose not to pursue certification, you are still welcome to take this course for your own knowledge and enjoyment.  

For this cohort, all required classes are online on Zoom only. If you prefer to attend an in-person version, click here to be notified when registration becomes available: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-mqIJCP6giJHKp02kraL5T9yZv_Wr-L-YkE4wgv77uE/edit?usp=sharing

This is a great way to meet like-minded new friends and get to know nature center staff while taking your commitment to nature a step further!  For more information contact Connie O’Connor at coconnor@cincynature.org.

Program Benefits:

  • Learn about the biology, ecology, and natural history of Ohio and how to share the knowledge with others. 
  • Become part of a local and statewide network of dedicated volunteers. 
  • Apply your talents and passion to protecting, restoring, and understanding Ohio's natural treasures.
  • Meet experts in a variety of fields.

Attendance is mandatory; do not register if you will miss more than two online sessions, as you cannot make these classes up at a later date and will not graduate. Part of the required hours of this class include discussing homework with a small groups of peers to which you will be assigned. Weekly supplemental readings and mini-quizzes are also required.

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022 
  • Thursday, January 6, 2022 
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022 
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 

We will offer a practice session on Monday, December 20 from 6-7 pm to make sure you are comfortable with Zoom. The link will be sent to you after you register.

All cancellations or transfers are subject to a $50 administrative fee per request. Cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice will not be refunded. No refunds will be issued after Dec 21, 2021 at 5 pm.