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 centers 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

Tales for Tots

When: Friday, 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

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

Mill Creek Photo Clique: Photographing Backyard Birds

When: Saturday , 10-11:30 a.m.

What: The gathering includes a brief indoor presentation on photographing birds and time outside to put the information into practice near the FNC bird feeding station.

Where: Ford Nature Center

Cost: Free

Info: Call 330-740-7107

Master Gardener Volunteer Training

When: March 22 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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