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. 


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 $255 (discount price of $150 for current Cincinnati Nature Center volunteers with 20 hours of service over the past 12 months).

Spring 2019 Cohort: (mandatory attendance).

  • Wednesday, March 20, 6–9 pm
  • Saturday, March 30, 9 am–4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 3, 6–9 pm
  • Saturday, April 13, 9 am–4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 17, 6–9 pm
  • Saturday, April 27, 9 am–4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 1, 6–9 pm
  • Saturday, May 11, 9 am–4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 15, 6–9 pm
  • Wednesday, May 29, 7-10 pm

For more information, contact Connie O’Connor at


CLICK HERE for more information about registering.