The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program provides citizens across Ohio with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the area of Ohio’s environment and natural history and apply what they learn through service to local parks, museums, nature centers, and arboretums. As Ohio's population grows more urban, it is harder for people to make the connection to nature that ultimately allows them to value their local natural resources and thus have a reason to manage and conserve them for future generations. 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 OCVN program is a research-based scientific training program that emphasizes hands on natural resource education coupled with community-based volunteer service. Certification involves completing 40 hours of instruction and 20 hours of volunteer service.