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 45 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.  NEW: Teens aged 16 and 17 can join adults in this course.

We are currently accepting applications for the limited spaces in this very popular program.   

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). Click here to register.


Spring 2020 Cohort: (mandatory attendance)

Wednesday, March 25, 6–9 pm

Saturday, March 28 9 – 4:30

Wednesday, April 1, 6–9 pm                      

Wednesday, April 8, 6–9 pm

Wednesday, April 15, 6–9 pm                     

Wednesday, April 22, 6–9 pm

Saturday April 25, 9-4:30

Wednesday, May 6, 6–9 pm

Wednesday, May 13, 6–9 pm

Saturday, May 16, 6–9 pm

For more information, contact Connie O’Connor at