Plan Your Visit

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Schedule a Program

Gorman Nature Center does educational programs by request. Please request your program at least one month in advance so that staff have time to plan your program and can be flexible with your desired dates. During our busy spring and fall seasons, it is recommended that you request your program 2-3 months prior to your desired program date.

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Upcoming Programs/Events
Owl Prowl
Friday, February 14,    7:00pm     Gorman Nature Centeer 2295 Lexington Ave.
Join Richland County Park District Staff for an informative program about Ohio Owl's. Learn about their natural history, physiology, and anatomy. Following the program there will be a naturalist led hike to search for them! This program is open to people of all ages!

Family Friendly Bird Day
Saturday, February 15,    All Day   Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.
This event encompasess many different bird related programs throughout the day including: Breakfast with Birds, the Greak Backyard Birdcount, as well as A Bird in the Hand. This is a fun, family-friendly event that is open to people of all ages!

Breakfast with the Birds & Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 15,    8:30am   Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.

Breakfast with Birds takes place on the third Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) December - March. We will meet in the nature center and look at Ohio winter bird specimens then watch the feeders as we partcipate in the 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Doughnuts, fruit, and beverages will be provided. Free checklists, bird guides, bird CD's and other birding information will be available to participants free of charge.

A Bird in the Hand
Saturday, February 15,    9:00-11:00am   Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.

Spend Saturday morning with the birds in this "bird's eye" view winter birds and bird banding. Special guest Naturalist and former Director of the Richland County Park District, Steve McKee, will join us for this interactive family oriented program!

Night Sky
Saturday, February 15,    1:00pm   Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.
The Night Sky is a monthly, outdoor/indoor astronomy program at the Gorman Nature Center visitor center. Each month participants will learn a bit about the moon and stars, view some constellations and planets, take home a free star chart and have all of your astronomical questions answered. If outdoor weather is not aggreeable the program will move indoors inside our new planitarium!

Ohio Natural History Conference
Saturday, February 29,    8:00 am- 4:00pm   Toledo Zoo and Aquarium - Malawi Event Center, 2 Hippo Way Toledo, Ohio 43614
Join RCPD staff, other professionals, and nature enthusiests alike for the always incredible and informative, Ohio Natural History Conference. If you are passionate about stewardship, conservation, or environmental education and want to hear from some of the most informed, highly-respected, and engaging speakers within the field from Ohio, then this is the conference for you! All students and adults are welcome to attend.


Video of the Week

This week for the "Video of the Week" we are featuring a TED Talks titled What's so great about the Great Lakes, that discusses the importance of this North American geologic feature that borders eight U.S states and serves as a vitally important ecosystem that is home to over 3,500 species of flora and fauna and contains 20% of the earths fresh water!

About Our Parks

Our parks and staff are dedicated to education, enjoyment and preservation of Richland County's natural areas and inhabitants. Our goal is pursued by preserving natural areas for people to experience, and by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the rich diversity of life and habitats in our county.

Our Location

Gorman Nature Center
2295 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Closed Sunday-Monday and Federal Holidays. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.)

419-884-FROG (3764)

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