Volunteer Staff
The special people who make it all possible


Bookstore/Office Volunteers
Bookstore volunteers help by answering the phone, taking messages, answering questions, and guiding visitors around Gorman Nature Center to explain the educational animals, grounds, and building. Additional tasks can include feeding/watering animals and assisting staff with programs, but these will not be the primary responsibility of the volunteer.

There are no necessary qualifications for this position other than the ability to converse with the public and a love of learning. There will be a day of training at the beginning of volunteering that will include a tour of the building and explanations of how to complete responsibilities. After the first day of there will almost always be a staff member present to answer any questions a volunteer may have.

Bookstore volunteers will be scheduled at the beginning of the month by the Director of Volunteer Resources for all the days they want to volunteer during that month. Volunteers are needed primarily on weekdays but can also be useful on weekends for keeping the building open to greet visitors who cannot come during the week. Daily shifts are scheduled from 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm. Volunteers will report to the Director of Volunteer Resources for training and scheduling and can always contact the Nature Center with questions.


Docent Volunteers
Docent volunteers could be retired teachers or others that are just interested in helping teach children about nature by assisting with or leading educational programs here at Gorman Nature Center.

Qualifications for this position include: knowledge of GNC educational animals, general knowledge of other nature programs they wish to lead, and ability to interpret and translate difficult concepts for general public including young children. There will be a training period during which the volunteer will shadow a staff member during programs until the individual is confident enough to take over. Even after this period there will always be a staff member around to answer any question the volunteer might have.

Docent volunteers will be notified of upcoming school groups and programs at the beginning of the month by the Director of Volunteer Resources. This will give the Docent an opportunity to choose which events they would like to attend for the month. Volunteers will report to the Director of Volunteer Resources for training and scheduling and can always contact the Nature Center with questions.

GNC Maintenance Volunteers
Maintenance volunteers work mostly outdoors doing mowing, trimming, removing invasive plants, trail maintenance, litter pick-up, handing out trail maps, and interacting with the public. GNC needs maintenance volunteers the most during fall, summer, and late spring. They can also volunteer on group invasive removal days in the fall which would involve the use of hand clippers, pruners, hand saws, chain saws, chipper/shredder, etc.

There are no qualifications to become a Maintenance volunteer. However, these volunteers are required to provide their own health insurance as the park district does not offer liability insurance for volunteer accidents. There will be a training period during which the volunteer will shadow a staff member until the individual is confident enough to take over. Even after this period there will almost always be a staff member around to answer any question the volunteer might have.

Maintenance volunteers will generally notify the Director of Volunteer Resources of the days they wish to volunteer at the beginning of the month. Volunteers will report to the Director of Volunteer Resources for training and scheduling and can always contact the Nature Center with questions.

B & O Bike Trail Maintenance Volunteers
Maintenance volunteers work mostly outdoors doing mowing, trimming, trail maintenance, and litter pick-up. The Bike Trail needs maintenance volunteers the most during fall, summer, and late spring.

There are no qualifications to become a Maintenance volunteer. However, these volunteers are required to provide their own health insurance as the Richland County Park District does not offer liability insurance for volunteer accidents. There will be a training period during which the volunteer will shadow a staff member or other volunteers until the individual is confident enough to take over.

Maintenance volunteers will generally notify the Director of Volunteer Resources of the days they wish to volunteer at the beginning of the month. Volunteers will report to the Director of Volunteer Resources for training and scheduling and can always contact the Gorman Nature Center with questions.

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Nature Center Volunteers

Craig Adie
Kyle Bailey
Maria Bon
Natalie Boydston
Amy Crutchfield
Guy Denny
Larry Doktor
Ron Eyestone
Morgan Gongwer
Dean Homerick
Pam Homerick
Gary Jones
Les Jones
Jan Kennedy
Nancy Kennedy
Robby Kriner
Becky Lux
Chris McQuillen
Rinda Samsom
Rosalie Sepesy
Jan Swartz
Linda Tucker
Kim Washington
Jordan Wells
Linda Wilson
Jennifer Windus
Stephanie Witherspoon
Brad Von Blon
Corey Ziegler

B & O Bike Trail Volunteers

Keith Elliot
Mike Fischer
Ron Jaques
John Merschdorf
Mary Jane Merschdorf
Dave Moody
Steve Reynolds
Terry White

Jr Volunteers

Gavin Altman
Samantha Altman
Ryan Bernat
Dylan Bernat
Logan Bernat
Michelle Brackett
Connie Capra
Lauren Capra
Devin Ensminger
Evan Gongwer
Savannah Gremling
Katelyn Grove
Natalie Grove
Sammi Grove
Logan Herriman
Savanna Herriman
Jena Lafon
Gavin Proser
Maddie Sanford
Nick Sharosch
Katie Troyer

About RCPD

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

Business Hours
Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.)

419-884-FROG (3764)

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