Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course, Summer Series 2022

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Tuesday June 7

9:00 AM  –  5:00 PM

ALL In-Person Classes at Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods Location:

  • Tuesdays (June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19) from 9 am - 5 pm

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 course (entire six-day series), including all digital reading materials, certification fee with OSU, and live instruction.

Available to adults and mature teens 16 and up. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2022, but spots fill fast, so don’t delay! The summer cohort is the only one offered at Cincinnati Nature Center this year that is entirely in-person!

Hosted by Cincinnati Nature Center in collaboration with OSU Extension in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, 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 40 hours of live class time at Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods, plus weekly supplemental readings and mini quizzes. 

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.  

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 nature center staff, professors, and experts from a variety of organizations.

Attendance is mandatory; do not register if you will miss ANY of the six full days, as you cannot make these classes up at a later date and will not graduate. 

  • Tuesday, June 7 from 9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, June 14 from 9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, June 21 from 9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, June 28 from 9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, July 12 from 9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, July 19 from 9 am - 5 pm

Registrants will meet at our Rowe Woods location (4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150).

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 May 24.)

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