Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program is run through The Ohio State University Extension. Participants wishing to receive the OCVN certification complete 40 hours of instructor-led training and 40 hours of community service. Coursework includes training in geology, plants, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, ecology, stewardship, and interpretation. Classes are offered throughout the state, and now include a host site at Cincinnati Nature Center’s Center for Conservation. 

We are currently accepting applications for the limited spaces in the Spring 2020 session.   

Each cohort course at Cincinnati Nature Center is 45 hours; Price is $260 (discount price of $160 for current Cincinnati Nature Center volunteers with 20 hours of service over the past 12 months).

For more information, contact Connie O’Connor at

CLICK HERE for more information about registering for 2020.