Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist

Dates: Fridays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 and 12; and Saturdays, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13.
Time: Fridays 9am – 4pm; Saturdays 8:30am – 4pm
Location: The Holden Arboretum
Cost: $225

For more information contact Marian Williams at 440.602.3811.

Please return application form to Marian Williams, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio, 44094 or by email to mwilliams@holdenarb.org

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program is a science-based natural resource education program coupled with community-based volunteer service. The program is administered by Ohio State University Extension in conjunction with local partners.

The Holden Arboretum and Ohio State University Extension are partnering to offer an OCVN training program at Holden. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist trainees receive formal training that teaches a wide range of natural resource topics.

To become an OCVN, the trainee must be accepted into the program, complete the training component, pass the required exam and volunteer for 40 hours. The volunteer commitment may be fulfilled in a number of ways, either at Holden or with other nature-related organizations. After the completion of the initial volunteer time, volunteers are encouraged to continue to assist with natural resource program delivery as Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists. Certification is maintained by completing eight hours of advanced training and 20 service hours annually.

Download an application

For more information about the program, visit the OCVN website.