As Ohio’s population grows more urban, it is hard for people to make the connection to nature, allowing them to value their local natural resources, and have a reason to manage and conserve them for future generations. The OCVN program is a research-based scientific training program that emphasizes hands on natural-resource education coupled with community-based volunteer service. The program embraces conservation, but is not an advocacy group.
The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program is based upon the very successful OSU Extension Master Gardener Program and Volunteer Natural Resource programs in other states such as Florida, Missouri, and the City of Fort Collins, CO. OCVN is affiliated with the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP). Formerly the National Master Naturalist Initiative.