Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist

2019 Spring Training Course

 The Sandusky County Park District in conjunction with The Ohio State University Extension is conducting an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist training.

The OCVN training program provides a balanced, integrated and practical course in natural resource science.  Participants will learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of Ohio from Park District staff as well as many of the state's leading experts. Participants will become part of a local and statewide network of dedicated volunteers and be able to apply their talents and passion to protecting, restoring and understanding Ohio's natural treasures.


Ecological Concepts        Stewardship          Geology                Ornithology
Interpretation                   Entomology           Herpetology         Mammals
Aquatic Life                     Plants                    Forestry                History



Eugene Braig; OSU Extension; Program Director, Aquatic Resources
Dr. Curtis Young;
OSU Extension; Extension Educator, Specialization-Entomology
Dr. Kat Krynak; Ohio Northern University; Assistant Professor of Biology

Melanie Coulter; Black Swamp Conservancy; Stewardship Specialist
Kelly Schott; Wildlife Communications Specialist;  Ohio Division of Wildlife
Jim Witter; Wood County Park District, Program Coordinator
Deb Nofzinger; Sandusky County Park District, Program Coordinator
Aly Rumer;  Volunteer Coordinator/Outreach Naturalist
Debbie Haubert;
Sandusky County Park District, Naturalist


Certification Requirements

To become an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, you must:

       -Complete 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction
       -Perform 40 hours of approved volunteer service within the first year
       -After certification, 20 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of education

Application Process

Deadline for registration is March 26, 2019

Spaces in the 2019 class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Class size is limited to 14 participants. You must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Registration is available on-line beginning January 1


Class Schedule

Classes will meet every Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (April 2, 9, 16,  23, 30  May 7, 14, 21, 28) and some Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm (April 6, May 4, 18).


Course fee is $100.  This includes all program materials, instruction, and snacks.  Payment is due at the time of registration.

Register Here