Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training Course

Jun 13, 2022 8:30AM—Jun 24, 2022 5:00PM


The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave. SW Wooster, OH 44691

Cost $195

Event Contact Carrie Elvey | Email


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The OCVN program is a research based education program of The Ohio State University offered in partnership with several host locations including The Wilderness Center.  The OCVN 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 provide 40 hours of volunteer service at any Ohio organization with a compatible program mission.

Participants will receive balanced, integrated, and practical courses in nature resource science.  Topics include:  Ecological Concepts, Nature Interpretation, Ohio’s Wetlands, Aquatic Life, Stewardship, Geology, Soils, Plants, Insects and Their Kin, Reptiles and Amphibians, Birds, and Mammals.

Courses will take place over 2 weeks in 2022:  June 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, and 24.  8:30am-5:00pm.  Please note that we are also offering this course in Ashland in 2022.  Click Here for info.

Cost:  $195 includes all program materials and resources, instruction, and snacks.

The key instructor/facilitator for this course is Carrie Elvey. Carrie is the senior naturalist at TWC where she has worked for over 20 years. She is especially passionate about the OCVN program and is a two time recipient of the OCVN State Teacher of the Year award.