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ASHLAND — Few things are the same as we continue to adapt to life after the coronavirus pandemic, but not all of those changes are bad. One need the pandemic awakened in many people was a desire to spend time connecting with the outdoors.

That’s why the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has partnered with The Wilderness Center to bring an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program to Ashland County.

“The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is for anyone who has wanted to create a deeper connection with nature or delve deeper into the natural sciences,” said Carrie Elvey, who will be leading the course for The Wilderness Center.

Elvey is the center’s senior naturalist and has been named the OCVN teacher of the year on two occasions.

“No experience or knowledge is necessary — just a desire to explore, engage and have fun.”

The course will take place July 9, 16-17, 23-24 and 30 at the Hazel Willis Woods, a 40-acre outdoor learning laboratory just south of Mifflin owned and operated by the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District.

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The OCVN program is designed to produce a balanced, practical, hand-on course in natural history. Topics covered will include ecological concepts, nature interpretation, stewardship, and the fundamental identification skills and natural history of Ohio’s flora and fauna.

“We need to know, love and understand the natural world to make sound decisions,” Elvey said. “We also need to connect socially with others who share our passions and remember the joys of discovery and exploration.

"Last, but certainly not least, we need to share what we love with others and help our friends, families and communities connect with nature.”

Registration for the course is $195 and includes all program materials and resources, instruction and snacks. Registration is available online through The Wilderness Center at https://secure.wildernesscenter.org/np/clients/wildernesscenter/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4783

For more information, contact The Wilderness Center at 330-359-5235.

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