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Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program

The mission of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is to build awareness of Ohio’s environment and natural resources through science-based education and community stewardship.

The program includes a 40-hour course on Ohio’s environment and natural resources taught through classroom and field sessions that present a statewide as well as regional perspective. Courses are offered throughout the state via partners and host organizations. Each course includes geology, soils, water resources, plants and forests, wildlife, interpretation and education, ecology, and stewardship, as well as regional topics and an introduction to volunteer service opportunities.

The course sessions are taught by faculty and staff with The Ohio State University along with conservation and naturalist professionals throughout Ohio. You will learn how to contribute to community science efforts, restore and protect critical habitats, and communicate effectively about Ohio’s’ environment while exploring parks and natural areas near you. After the course is completed, certification requires an additional 40 hours of environmental volunteer service with an organization and/or agency you select that has a compatible program mission and/or continuing education.

More information about the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program and where to take the course is available at: