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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Conference

Jun 8, 2018 through Jun 9, 2018 (All day)
Holden Arboretum and Lake Metropark Environmental Learning Center – Concord Township, Ohio
Anne Baird – program director, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists

At the Edge: Protecting, Restoring, and Interpreting Ohio’s Unique Natural Areas

This event is open to all. Poster and displays are needed. Contact Anne Baird if you would like to set up a poster and/or display on protecting and/or restoring natural areas in Ohio.

The 2018 Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Conference begins with two exciting field trip options: A guided walk through Stebbins Gulch, a National Natural Landmark at the Holden Arboretum, or a tour to Lake Erie Bluffs Metroparks, one of the of the few remaining natural lakefront habitats on Lake Erie. After the field trip, the Holden Arboretum will host a (herbivore and carnivore friendly) barbecue. Field trip capacity is limited, so register soon.

On Saturday, we will meet at the Lake County Environmental Learning Center where you can expand your knowledge and skills of natural area stewardship with in-depth learning sessions including:

  • Earthworms Above and Below Ground—Earthworms have brought gradual but enormous changes to soil structure, soil chemistry and soil life, impacting not only relationships among the organisms both below and above the ground but also the atmosphere. During these two linked presentations, we will explore these dynamics and make sure to add earthworm identification to your skills.
  • Waving the Green Flag in Fighting Phragmites—Mentor Marsh’s sheer size makes it a treasure on Ohio’s Lake Erie coast event with its invasion of Phragmites. Learn how Mentor Marsh has changed over the years and how recent restoration efforts, hard work, and many partnerships have led to both increases in biodiversity and community engagement.

To find out more and to register for all of the conference events, go to

OCVN Conference Brochure