Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist


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.

There are currently no OCVN courses scheduled at this time. Please check this page regularly for updates. If you have questions, want to request more information on the program, or want to be contacted with details on future OCVN courses at Holden Forests and Gardens, please contact Eva Rodriguez, Interpretive Services Manager at erodriguez@holdenfg.org.