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OHIO CERTIFIED VOLUNTEER NATURALIST PROGRAM (OCVN). Howard J. Siegrist, Extension Educator, The Ohio State University Extension, Licking County J. P. Lieser, Extension Educator, Watershed Management, The Ohio State University Extension

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Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

OHIO CERTIFIED VOLUNTEER NATURALIST PROGRAM(OCVN)

Howard J. Siegrist, Extension Educator, The Ohio State University Extension, Licking County

J. P. Lieser, Extension Educator, Watershed Management, The Ohio State University Extension

Kayla Hughes, Program Assistant, The Ohio State University, Licking County


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

  • When:

  • 11-week program, 3/13/07—5/22/07

  • Tuesdays 5:30—8:30 pm

  • Saturdays 9:00 am—2:00 pm (4/28, 5/19)

  • Where:

  • Licking County Extension Office

  • 771 East Main Street, Suite 103

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Phone: 740-670-5315

  • Fax: 740-670-5317

  • OR

  • The Dawes Arboretum

  • 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Cost: $125.00

  • Notebooks, handouts, class outlines and other resources will be provided.

  • Applications available on the web site:

  • http://licking.osu.edu or to request an

  • application for sign up, contact:

  • Howard Siegrist at 740-670-5315 or

  • [email protected] or

  • Kayla Hughes at 740-670-5325 or

  • [email protected] or

  • J.P. Lieser at 740-258-7738 or

  • [email protected]

  • If application is accepted, a background check will be required at volunteer’s expense.

Session topics:

Program Orientation

Ecological Concepts

Best Education Practices

Nature Interpretation

Geology & Soils

Stewardship

Aquatic Life & Watersheds

Plants

Trees & Forests

Insects

Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

  • When:

  • 11-week program, 3/13/07—5/22/07

  • Tuesdays 5:30—8:30 pm

  • Saturdays 9:00 am—2:00 pm (4/28, 5/19)

  • Where:

  • Licking County Extension Office

  • 771 East Main Street, Suite 103

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Phone: 740-670-5315

  • Fax: 740-670-5317

  • OR

  • The Dawes Arboretum

  • 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Cost: $125.00

  • Notebooks, handouts, class outlines and other resources will be provided.

  • Applications available on the web site:

  • http://licking.osu.edu or to request an

  • application for sign up, contact:

  • Howard Siegrist at 740-670-5315 or

  • [email protected] or

  • Kayla Hughes at 740-670-5325 or

  • [email protected] or

  • J.P. Lieser at 740-258-7738 or

  • [email protected]

  • If application is accepted, a background check will be required at volunteer’s expense.

The Training:

Session topics:

Program Orientation

Ecological Concepts

Best Education Practices

Nature Interpretation

Geology & Soils

Stewardship

Aquatic Life & Watersheds

Plants

Trees & Forests

Insects

Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

  • When:

  • 11-week program, 3/13/07—5/22/07

  • Tuesdays 5:30—8:30 pm

  • Saturdays 9:00 am—2:00 pm (4/28, 5/19)

  • Where:

  • Licking County Extension Office

  • 771 East Main Street, Suite 103

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Phone: 740-670-5315

  • Fax: 740-670-5317

  • OR

  • The Dawes Arboretum

  • 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Cost: $125.00

  • Notebooks, handouts, class outlines and other resources will be provided.

  • Applications available on the web site:

  • http://licking.osu.edu or to request an

  • application for sign up, contact:

  • Howard Siegrist at 740-670-5315 or

  • [email protected] or

  • Kayla Hughes at 740-670-5325 or

  • [email protected] or

  • J.P. Lieser at 740-258-7738 or

  • [email protected]

  • If application is accepted, a background check will be required at volunteer’s expense.

The Training:

Session topics:

Program Orientation

Ecological Concepts

Best Education Practices

Nature Interpretation

Geology & Soils

Stewardship

Aquatic Life & Watersheds

Plants

Trees & Forests

Insects

Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

  • When:

  • 11-week program, 3/13/07—5/22/07

  • Tuesdays 5:30—8:30 pm

  • Saturdays 9:00 am—2:00 pm (4/28, 5/19)

  • Where:

  • Licking County Extension Office

  • 771 East Main Street, Suite 103

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Phone: 740-670-5315

  • Fax: 740-670-5317

  • OR

  • The Dawes Arboretum

  • 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Cost: $125.00

  • Notebooks, handouts, class outlines and other resources will be provided.

  • Applications available on the web site:

  • http://licking.osu.edu or to request an

  • application for sign up, contact:

  • Howard Siegrist at 740-670-5315 or

  • [email protected] or

  • Kayla Hughes at 740-670-5325 or

  • [email protected] or

  • J.P. Lieser at 740-258-7738 or

  • [email protected]

  • If application is accepted, a background check will be required at volunteer’s expense.

The Training:

Session topics:

Program Orientation

Ecological Concepts

Best Education Practices

Nature Interpretation

Geology & Soils

Stewardship

Aquatic Life & Watersheds

Plants

Trees & Forests

Insects

Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

  • When:

  • 11-week program, 3/13/07—5/22/07

  • Tuesdays 5:30—8:30 pm

  • Saturdays 9:00 am—2:00 pm (4/28, 5/19)

  • Where:

  • Licking County Extension Office

  • 771 East Main Street, Suite 103

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Phone: 740-670-5315

  • Fax: 740-670-5317

  • OR

  • The Dawes Arboretum

  • 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Cost: $125.00

  • Notebooks, handouts, class outlines and other resources will be provided.

  • Applications available on the web site:

  • http://licking.osu.edu or to request an

  • application for sign up, contact:

  • Howard Siegrist at 740-670-5315 or

  • [email protected] or

  • Kayla Hughes at 740-670-5325 or

  • [email protected] or

  • J.P. Lieser at 740-258-7738 or

  • [email protected]

  • If application is accepted, a background check will be required at volunteer’s expense.

The Training:

Session topics:

Program Orientation

Ecological Concepts

Best Education Practices

Nature Interpretation

Geology & Soils

Stewardship

Aquatic Life & Watersheds

Plants

Trees & Forests

Insects

Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

  • When:

  • 11-week program, 3/13/07—5/22/07

  • Tuesdays 5:30—8:30 pm

  • Saturdays 9:00 am—2:00 pm (4/28, 5/19)

  • Where:

  • Licking County Extension Office

  • 771 East Main Street, Suite 103

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Phone: 740-670-5315

  • Fax: 740-670-5317

  • OR

  • The Dawes Arboretum

  • 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE

  • Newark, OH 43055

  • Cost: $125.00

  • Notebooks, handouts, class outlines and other resources will be provided.

  • Applications available on the web site:

  • http://licking.osu.edu or to request an

  • application for sign up, contact:

  • Howard Siegrist at 740-670-5315 or

  • [email protected] or

  • Kayla Hughes at 740-670-5325 or

  • [email protected] or

  • J.P. Lieser at 740-258-7738 or

  • [email protected]

  • If application is accepted, a background check will be required at volunteer’s expense.

The Training:

Session topics:

Program Orientation

Ecological Concepts

Best Education Practices

Nature Interpretation

Geology & Soils

Stewardship

Aquatic Life & Watersheds

Plants

Trees & Forests

Insects

Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

  • The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training includes 40+ hours of classroom and field based instruction—with an emphasis on local ecosystems—conducted by experts in:

  • Ecology

  • Aquatic life & watersheds

  • Trees and forest management

  • Birds

  • Geology

  • Many other fields

  • After Graduation:

  • Volunteer Naturalists continue their education with eight hours of advanced training a year and 40 hours of service in local activities like:

  • Nature Trail Development

  • Wildlife Surveys

  • Educational Presentations

  • Land Restoration

  • Demonstration Projects

The Training:

  • The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training includes 40+ hours of classroom and field based instruction—with an emphasis on local ecosystems—conducted by experts in:

  • Ecology

  • Aquatic life & watersheds

  • Trees and forest management

  • Birds

  • Geology

  • Many other fields

  • After Graduation:

  • Volunteer Naturalists continue their education with eight hours of advanced training a year and 40 hours of service in local activities like:

  • Nature Trail Development

  • Wildlife Surveys

  • Educational Presentations

  • Land Restoration

  • Demonstration Projects

  • The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training includes 40+ hours of classroom and field based instruction—with an emphasis on local ecosystems—conducted by experts in:

  • Ecology

  • Aquatic life & watersheds

  • Trees and forest management

  • Birds

  • Geology

  • Many other fields

  • After Graduation:

  • Volunteer Naturalists continue their education with eight hours of advanced training a year and 40 hours of service in local activities like:

  • Nature Trail Development

  • Wildlife Surveys

  • Educational Presentations

  • Land Restoration

  • Demonstration Projects

  • The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training includes 40+ hours of classroom and field based instruction—with an emphasis on local ecosystems—conducted by experts in:

  • Ecology

  • Aquatic life & watersheds

  • Trees and forest management

  • Birds

  • Geology

  • Many other fields

  • After Graduation:

  • Volunteer Naturalists continue their education with eight hours of advanced training a year and 40 hours of service in local activities like:

  • Nature Trail Development

  • Wildlife Surveys

  • Educational Presentations

  • Land Restoration

  • Demonstration Projects

  • The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training includes 40+ hours of classroom and field based instruction—with an emphasis on local ecosystems—conducted by experts in:

  • Ecology

  • Aquatic life & watersheds

  • Trees and forest management

  • Birds

  • Geology

  • Many other fields

  • After Graduation:

  • Volunteer Naturalists continue their education with eight hours of advanced training a year and 40 hours of service in local activities like:

  • Nature Trail Development

  • Wildlife Surveys

  • Educational Presentations

  • Land Restoration

  • Demonstration Projects

  • The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training includes 40+ hours of classroom and field based instruction—with an emphasis on local ecosystems—conducted by experts in:

  • Ecology

  • Aquatic life & watersheds

  • Trees and forest management

  • Birds

  • Geology

  • Many other fields

  • After Graduation:

  • Volunteer Naturalists continue their education with eight hours of advanced training a year and 40 hours of service in local activities like:

  • Nature Trail Development

  • Wildlife Surveys

  • Educational Presentations

  • Land Restoration

  • Demonstration Projects

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION

OSU Extension Licking County

771 East Main Street, Suite 103

Newark, Ohio, 43055

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION

OSU Extension Licking County

771 East Main Street, Suite 103

Newark, Ohio, 43055

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION

OSU Extension Licking County

771 East Main Street, Suite 103

Newark, Ohio, 43055

OSU Extension Licking County

771 East Main Street, Suite 103

Newark, Ohio, 43055

Phone: 740-670-5315

Fax: 740-670-5317

Email: [email protected]

OSU Extension Licking County

771 East Main Street, Suite 103

Newark, Ohio, 43055

Phone: 740-670-5315

Fax: 740-670-5317

Email: [email protected]

OSU Extension Licking County

771 East Main Street, Suite 103

Newark, Ohio, 43055

Phone: 740-670-5315

Fax: 740-670-5317

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 740-670-5315

Fax: 740-670-5317

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 740-670-5315

Fax: 740-670-5317

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 740-670-5315

Fax: 740-670-5317

Email: [email protected]


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

The OCVN program is organized by Ohio State University Extension in cooperation with a state steering committee. The committee is made up of dedicated individuals from the following organizations:

The Ohio State University Extension

The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Sea Grant

Five Rivers Metro Parks (Dayton)

Ohio Master Gardeners

Audubon Ohio

Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI)

Hancock County Parks

City of Dublin Parks


Program mission

Program Mission

  • The mission of the OCVN program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio’s natural resources through science-based education and community service.


Purpose

Purpose

  • The OCVN program is a volunteer educational program designed to meet the natural resource education needs of the citizens of Ohio. Its purpose is to train volunteers and use their expertise to teach people more about Ohio’s natural resources and their importance to our quality of life. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists provide service to their local natural resource organizations so that their activities and programs can be more effectively and efficiently delivered to the general public.


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist trainees receive formal training from their local partnership covering a wide range of pertinent 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 the specified number of hours.


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

Ohio State University Extension

The Ohio State University

Ohio Certified Volunteer NATURALIST

Volunteer Applicant

Involvement Packet

For Use With All

Potential Ohio Certified Volunteer naturalists

Documents Included:

Welcome letter

OCVN Program Policy Statement

OCVN Volunteer Position Description

OCVN Volunteer Application

OCVN Standards of Behavior

Reference Copy for Volunteer

Copy to Sign and Return


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program

Policy Statement

Purpose

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program is a volunteer educational program designed to meet the natural resource education needs of the citizens of Ohio. Its purpose is to train volunteers and utilize their expertise to teach people more about Ohio’s natural resources, and their importance to our quality of life. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program volunteers provide service to their local natural resource organizations so that their activities and programs can be more effectively and efficiently delivered to Ohio's public.

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist trainees receive formal training from their local partnership covering a wide range of pertinent natural resource topics. To become an OCVN, the trainee must complete the training program, pass the required exam, and volunteer the specified number of hours to the program.

The volunteer commitment may be fulfilled in a number of different ways depending on the determined needs of the local chapter. After the completion of the initial required volunteer time, volunteers are encouraged to continue to assist with natural resource program delivery as an OCVN volunteer.

The State OCVN Steering Committee develops policies and guidelines for the operation of the program and provides some training and recognition materials, and other resources for chapters conducting the program. On the local level, the program is coordinated by an OCVN coordinator or committee.


Volunteer commitment and certification

Volunteer Commitment and Certification

The OCVN state steering committee has established the following minimum requirement for certification. However, the local chapters may opt to exceed these minimum requirements.

40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction.

40 hours of approved volunteer service projects.

After certification, recertification requires 20 hours volunteer service and 8 hours advanced training annually.

Local programs will be organized by chapter. Local partners will be responsible for providing leadership to chapter including volunteer service projects.


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Program Introduction

Chapter 2: Ecological Concepts

Chapter 3: Best Education Practices

Chapter 4: The Art of Nature Interpretation

Chapter 5: Exploring Ohio’s Watersheds

Chapter 6: Aquatic Life

Chapter 7: Stewardship

Chapter 8: Geology

Chapter 9: Soils

Chapter 10: Plants

Chapter 11: Forests

Chapter 12: Entomology (Insects) and Other Macro invertebrates

Chapter 13: Herpetology (Reptiles and Amphibians)

Chapter 14: Ornithology (Birds)

Chapter 15: Mammals

Biographies of Authors and Steering Committee Members


2007 class results

2007 Class Results

  • 18 class members began the class on March 13, 2007.

  • There was a pre-test of general natural resource information. The mean score was 79%.

  • All of the pre-test questions were included as part of the end of course examination. The post-test mean score was 83%.

  • 17 class members were able to complete the 40+ hours of instruction, pass the examination with 70% or better, and receive a completion certificate on May 22, 2007.

  • The mean score on the final examination was 93%.

  • The high score was 100%

  • The low score was 78%.


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

Tom Beckett

2007

22nd

May


Volunteer hours

Volunteer Hours

  • Class members need to complete 40 volunteer hours by May, 2008, to become fully certified as an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

  • As of July 12, 2007, seven class members have completed a total of 122 volunteer hours. One class member has already completed 51 volunteer hours and therefore is fully certified as a Volunteer Naturalist.

  • Projects have included:

  • 1. Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas

  • 2. Hawk banding

  • 3. Planning and planting a rain garden

  • 4. Wetland restoration

  • 5. Butterfly tracking

  • 6. Leading night hikes

  • 7. Checking blue bird trails


Partner agencies

Partner Agencies

  • OSU Extension, Licking County

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources

  • Soil and Water Conservation District, Licking County

  • Dawes Arboretum

  • Licking Park District

  • Licking Land Trust

  • Local Schools

  • Ohio Nature Education

  • Camp Ohio


Ohio certified volunteer naturalist program ocvn

David Greer

29th

June

2007


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