CANCELED: Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course Summer 2020

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Monday June 1

9:00 AM  –  5:00 PM

Hosted By Cincinnati Nature Center in collaboration with The Ohio State University

The popular OSU Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist course will be offered this summer on six dates in June. Cost is $260 and includes training manual and certification fees to Ohio State University. The mission of the OCVN 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. Participants in the OCVN program receive 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction. Upon completing the OCVN course, participants earn certification after providing 40 hours of volunteer service at any Ohio organization with a compatible program mission. 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

Spaces in the course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is available to adults and mature teens 16 and up. Registration deadline is Monday, May 18.

Certification Requirements:

To become an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, you must:

  • Complete 40+ hours of instruction
  • Perform 40 hours of approved volunteer service in Ohio within the first year
  • After certification, 20 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training are required annually to remain certified

Program Benefits:

Learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of Ohio and how to share that 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.

All classes meet at Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150. 

Registration and payment covers six presentations:

  • Monday, June 1, 9 am – 5 pm

  • Thursday, June 4, 9 am – 5 pm 

  • Monday, June 8, 9 am – 5 pm

  • Thursday, June 11, 9 am – 5 pm                      

  • Monday, June 15, 9 am – 5 pm                 

  • Thursday, June 18, 8 pm – 11 pm

Attendance is mandatory. Do not register if you will miss more than five hours of class. Half of the program takes place outdoors and includes stairs or steep terrain.

All cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative fee per request. Cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice will not be refunded.