OCVN Training

OCVN Training

When: Jan. 22 through May 19

What: The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Training program promotes awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio’s natural resources through science-based education and community service.

When: Two Mondays per month and three Saturdays during winter.

Cost: $175, includes training materials, refreshments and more.

Questions: 330-533-5538

Details: Those trained are paired with parks, nature enters and other locations for volunteer service. For applications, visit http://go.osu.edu/naturalisttraining.

Jr. OCVN Training with Mill Creek MetroParks

When: Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. & March 31, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

What: The Junior Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program will expose students to relevant natural resource skills and knowledge through training, monthly meetings and volunteer opportunities through OSU Extension and Mill Creek MetroParks.

Where: Various metroparks locations

Details: 9th grade and up. Register at Mahoning County OSU Extension Office by calling 330-533-5538.

Hand-Feed a Chickadee

When: Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

What: Black-capped chickadees are inquisitive birds that can be coaxed into landing on your hand – especially if you tempt them with food.

Where: Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown.

Details: We’ll provide the birdseed if you provide the hands.

Info: Call 330-740-7107.

New Year, New Sebring

When: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

What: Come out and celebrate the new year at the newly renovated Sebring Woods. Enjoy the sights and sounds of winter with Naturalist Arika Preas in this rural wonderland.

Where: Sebring Woods, 450 Courtney Road, Sebring

Cost: Free

Details: Moderate/difficult difficulty, 1 mile.

Info: Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107

Tales for Tots

When: Jan. 12, 10-11a.m.

What: When it starts to snow what do animals do? Where do they go? Find out through story, craft and outdoor discovery.

Where: Birch Hill Cabin, at the end of McCollum Road, Youngstown.

Cost: $4 for Mahoning County residents, $6 NR. Additional fee after deadline.

Details: For kids age 2 to 3, plus adult. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Jan. 10.

Info: Call the Nature Center at 330-740-7107.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training

When: March 14 through May.

What: Training covers herbs and vegetables to insects and plant botany. Volunteers help with community programs and clinics, including teaching programs throughout Mahoning County.

Cost: $175, includes training materials, refreshments and more

Details: Volunteer service hours required after training completed. For applications, visit http://go.osu.edu/2018training

Info: Call 330-533-5538

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