2019 OCVN schedule      OCVN Volunteer Opportunities

AUGUST 14, 2019


- Join OSU Master Gardener Volunteers for the planting of a pollinator garden at FEEDING MEDINA COUNTY'S community Garden on Lafayette Rd. next to Chickmaster and the old FMC building.

Sign Up with Jacquie Kralovic, one of your class helpers!

AUGUST 21, 2019



The pollinator garden at Feeding Medina County (FMC) will have a sunflower plot.  You can contribute to citizen science data collection and earn volunteer hours through the GREAT SUNFLOWER PROJECT.  Monitor Bee visitations on the sunflowers to be planted at FMC.

Discuss this opportunity with DORIS CHAMBERS, one of your class helpers!

AUGUST 28, 2019


National Association of Interpretation site

PPT: Intro to Nature Interpretation

Forest History & Tree ID: Not Available- Everyone received printed copies

Volunteer for the Medina County Park System!   On the 28th you will meet Shelley Tender, the Park Director of Natural Interpretation and programming!  You can apply to become a volunteer with our phenomenal park system, assisting in planting, restoration, maintenance and most importantly- teaching youth and adults about nature!   You can earn all 40 of your  volunteer hours assisting the parks alone!  








  • Complete 40 hour education course (training)
  • PASS class with 70% or higher (take-home final and final presentation)
  • Create your account and log in to the OCVN portal.  (will be sent to you by ANNE BAIRD)
  • RECORD and enter your 40 hours of volunteer service on the portal
  • RECEIVE certification upon completion of 40 hours

Requirements to re-certify:

  • 20 hours  of volunteer service recorded online
  • 8 hours of continuing education - any educational opportunity related to OCVN (parks, zoos, OSU, nature center offered, etc)


Q: Where can I complete my volunteer service hours and what qualifies as “approved” service hours?

Volunteer service hours should be conducted under the auspices of an agency or organization whose mission is compatible with the mission of the OCVN program. That can include park districts, state parks, universities and other educational institutions, arboretums and nature centers.  Your service activities should be known and approved by an official representative of the organization. If you are providing volunteer service independent of any organization, agency, or similar entity, your hours will not count as approved service hours. For example, if you lead a nature hike in a park without the knowledge and approval of park personnel, your time would not count toward your OCVN service hour requirements.  Any services or activities conducted as part of your job or for which you are compensated do not count as approved service hours.

Just as important as where you volunteer is what activities you are engaged in. Volunteer service hours should fit under one of the following four types of volunteer service: Education/interpretation and outreach, citizen science, land stewardship, and program support. You’ll find a description of these service types on the OCVN homepage (ocvn.osu.edu). If you have questions about what types of activities count as approved service hours, contact the OCVN State Program Coordinator.


Q: When I am engaged in a volunteer service opportunity for a park or other entity, should I think of myself as an OCVN or as a park volunteer?

It is certainly appropriate to wear your OCVN nametag and to identify as an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist when you are engaged in an approved volunteer service activity. However, you are first and foremost a volunteer of the entity for which you are providing the service and, as such, you should comply with the guidelines and standards of behavior set forth by that entity. You should also cooperate with and be courteous to the staff and volunteer leaders wherever you volunteer.

Q: Are all Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists considered OSU Extension volunteers?

No, being an OCVN does not automatically make you an OSU Extension volunteer. The process to become an OSU Extension volunteer is separate and distinct from the process to become an OCVN.  Some OCVNs will volunteer with their local OSU Extension office, but most OCVNs will fulfill their volunteer service hour requirements with other organizations, such as local and state parks, nature centers, arboretums, and similar entities.

Q: What if I would like to become an OSU Extension volunteer?

If you are an OCVN interested in becoming an OSU Extension volunteer, speak to an Extension Educator in you local county OSU Extension office. Not all county OSU Extension offices have volunteer positions available for OCVNs. The application process involves, among other requirements, a criminal background check. The process for becoming an OSU Extension volunteer is the same for all persons, regardless of which OSU Extension program they may have completed, including the OCVN program.

Q: What is involved in becoming an OSU Extension volunteer?

First, to become an OSU Extension volunteer, you will need to complete all the associated requirements, including but not limited to submitting an application, completing a criminal background check, and signing a Standards of Behavior agreement. All OSU Extension volunteers are given a position description outlining expectations, time required, specific responsibilities, and the name of the volunteer’s mentor or supervising professional. Once you become an OSU Extension volunteer, you must comply with the standards of behavior and periodically update your criminal background check. OSU Extension volunteers are also eligible to be covered by OSU’s Volunteer Insurance Services (VIS), which provides protection for a personal injury or property damage liability claim arising out of the performance of the volunteer’s duties. Being an OCVN does not automatically give you coverage under OSU’s VIS. You must be a screened and approved OSU Extension volunteer and you must be performing volunteer duties as described in your position description to be covered by VIS.

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