Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists (OCVNs) and the general public are invited to attend the June 8-9 conference on protecting, restoring, and interpreting Ohio’s unique natural areas. Hosting the conference is a great way for our OCVNs to meet their continuing education requirement, to network with other volunteer naturalists and environmental professionals, learn about OCVN volunteer service and see some of Ohio’s unique natural areas, says Anne Baird, program director for the OCVN program with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.
Twenty-one central Ohioans received their Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program certificates at a May 30 celebration at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. The OCVN program is a research-based education program of The Ohio State University. It emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service.
“Participating in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is a great way to invest in your ability to lead nature programs and share the natural world with others,” said Saundra McBrearty, outreach and volunteer specialist with Preservation Parks of Delaware County and co-coordinator of the Central Ohio OCVN Chapter.
The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program is making its way to central Ohio. A new chapter will be formed in Delaware County in August 2014. The mission of the OCVN is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service. Applications to participate in the inaugural Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist class are currently being accepted. To learn more about the program and participant requirements, view the OCVN Central Ohio Chapter brochure.
Anne Baird, state coordinator for the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program and Ohio State University Extension program director in the School of Environment and Natural Resources was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article, “Certified volunteer naturalists fanning out across the state” published on Sunday (2/16). In the article, Baird notes, “Hundreds of volunteers are active in the naturalist program, working thousands of hours in outdoor lands, including parks.” She also commented on the impact of OCVN saying it is an “exciting program in terms of filling important needs throughout the state.” To learn more about the program and how to get involved, visit: http://ocvn.osu.edu/