Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist

2018 Spring Training Course


The Sandusky County Park District in conjunction with
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.

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 advanced training are required annually

Application Process

Deadline for registration is March 26, 2018

Spaces in the 2018 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 February 1


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

Class Schedule

Classes will meet every Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (April 3, 10, 17,  24,  May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) and every other Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm (April 28, May 12, 26).


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



Marne Titchenell; OSU Extension; Wildlife Program Specialist
Eugene Braig; OSU Extension; Program Director, Aquatic Resources
Dr. Curtis Young; OSU Extension; Extension Educator, Specialization-Entomology
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