GAMBIER — At its July 9 meeting, the Knox Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists planned for upcoming public informational meetings: Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Brown Family Environmental Center headquarters, 9781 Laymon Road in Gambier; and July 26, 6 p.m., at the Mount Vernon Library.

The meetings are part of the chapter’s annual recruitment for volunteers to train this fall to be certified to join the current group of 12 volunteers.

The meetings will include volunteers explaining their experiences, with Power Point slides in the background, as well as a Q&A session.

To receive an application or request more information, contact Sabrina Schirtzinger (Knox County Extension Educator at 740-397-0401, or or Lori Totman (Knox County Parks District director at 740-392-7275, or

Also, visit with OCVN volunteers at their weekly walks on butterflies, bees, and dragonflies. For up-to-date information on the walks, search Facebook for “Knox County Park District.”

Applications must be in by the end of July. A minimum of 10 applicants is required to hold the training.

No knowledge or skills are required, just the desire to understand more about the outdoors. Volunteer naturalists are vital to Knox Parks and the entire community. In turn, volunteers get the equivalent of a college course as well as a lifetime education.



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