Board Commissioners & Staff

Board Commissioners

Cheryl Harner 

Eric Miller

Ray Piar

Richland County Park District Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Richland County probate judge per OH Rev Code § 1545.05. Each Supervisor is elected to three-year terms as public officials and serve without pay. The Board of Commissioners create an annual and long-term plan of operation that protects the District’s vision.


Executive Director

Jason Larson

Jason is the Director of the Richland County Park District. He received his A.A.S. degrees in Floriculture Design and Marketing and Greenhouse Production and Management from OSU/ATI, his Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Science from Muskingum University and his MS degree in Plant and Environmental Biology from Ohio University. Jason also currently serves as a research associate and curator of the William Adams Herbarium at Muskingum University. 

Jason is a life-long resident of the state of Ohio and spends a great deal of his free time bird watching and botanizing around the Great Lakes area. His love of the environment and natural history has fostered a keen interest in the conservation and preservation of Ohio’s flora, fauna and natural areas, so that future generations will be able to experience the natural wonders that Ohio has to offer.

Director of Education & Volunteer Resources

Amanda Kriner

Amanda graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with degrees in Environmental Science and Biology, where she studied bats in the Mohican Forest. She then spent a year traveling the west coast working for AmeriCorps NCCC and learning that she much preferred the rolling hills and humid forests of Ohio over the dry deserts of central California.

Since her return she has been working as the Director of Education & Volunteer Resources and Naturalist for the Richland County Park District where she has quickly learned a wide variety of local flora and fauna, with insects taking a large amount of her attention. She is particularly drawn to dragonflies but finds that most insects are created equal in her mind, as well as most everything else that there is to be learned about our natural world!

Director of Natural Resources

Kyle Bailey

Kyle is the Richland County Park District Director of Natural Resources, and newest member of our staff! He previously spent time working an internship in Tucson, Arizona at Saguaro National Park through the American Conservation Experience, where he was on the Resource Management crew tackling harmful invasive plant species prone to wildfires.

Kyle graduated from Kenyon College in 2013, and will be spending most of his time keeping park district property in tip-top shape. He is also a fantastic naturalist and birder and you may see him leading and assisting all types of programs!

B&O Bike Trail Manager

Mike Solon

Mike is the Richland B&O Trail Manager, and has enjoyed using the B&O Trail since its opening. He comes to the RCPD after a 35 year career in Telecommunications, and is an avid dog walker, hiker, recumbent-trike cycling enthusiast and Tai Chi practitioner. Mike is also an activity advocate with Richland Moves! (RM!), one of the leaders of the Slow Roll Mansfield cycling group, and a walk leader with Just Walk Richland (JWR).

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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