Plan Your Visit

Check out RCPD maps and rules and regulations before planning your next visit!

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.

Report a Land Concern

Report a land concern with one of our RCPD properties.
Upcoming Programs/Events
Beginner Bird Walk
Saturday, June 13th    7:00pm     Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.

Join Natural Resource Manager and Naturalist, Kyle Bailey, for a Beginners Bird Walk. This program is geared towards all inexperienced bird watchers learning about the basics of bird watching and how to get involved. 

Stewardship Program
Saturday, June 13th    11am-2pm   Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.

A hands on, outdoor program guided by Kyle Bailey. This program will help you learn how to identify and remove invasive plants.

Magnificent Moths and Caterpillars
Saturday, June 13th   9pm  Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.

Come search for moths of all colors, shapes and sizes at the Gorman Nature Center this evening! We will use black lights, UV and vapor lamps, sheets and bait traps to attract a wide variety of moth species. Bring a camera, a lawn chair or stool, and prepare to be amazed! We'll also walk the property with flashlights and blacklights to look for lots of caterpillars.


Birds and Breakfast
Saturday, June 20th    7:30am  Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.

Join Jason for an educational hike to find migratory and resident breeding species at the Gorman Nature Center. Participants will meet at the GNC pavilion where bird checklists will be provided. Bring breakfast snacks and stay after the walk to see what you can find! 


Night Sky
Saturday, June 20th   9:30pm  Gorman Nature Center 2295 Lexington Ave.
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. NOTE: THIS PROGRAM TAKES PLACE ONLY WHEN SKYS ARE CLEAR.

Due to group size regulations, RCPD programs will require registration to participate in all programs at this time. To register for a program, and to view instructions for participating, click on this link or on a specific program in the calendar.

Does Baby Wildlife Need My Help?

In this collaborative video recorded by the Richland County Park District and Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Amanda and Emily discuss what to do if you find a wild animal that you think might need assistance. Baby animals specifically cause concern because of their vulnerable nature, but how should you know if a baby needs your help? Watch this video to find out!

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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