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.