Home School Programs

Gorman Nature Center offers a number of programs that are appropriate for home school students from preschool-high school. To see our list of programs designed for home school students and prechool programs commonly attended by home school families, please look over the information below.


To get more information, or to register for programs, please call the nature center at (419) 884-3764
Natural Wonderers is a new program for 6-9 year old home school students that focuses on wondering and wandering in nature. Students in this class read, writing, draw, make, and explore various nature topics as they actively participate in the world around them! Registration required. Class size is limited and fills quickly, so if you are interested in this program please call (419) 884-3764 to be put on the list for notification when the next series is occuring.

Our creative writing class is offered in 10-week sessions for 10-18 year old home school students during the fall and winter of each year. Every class focuses on practicing story building followed by peer reviewing and constructive criticism, and each series has a different focus or theme. Students are asked to dress for the weather and bring their own journals and other writing materials. As much time is spent outside as possible with the goal of having a calm space to write, and immersing ourselves in nature to make it easier to picture story scenes.

Bringing Up Discoverers (BUD) is a program for 3-5 year olds who love being outside. Classes are offered in 6 week sessions from September-Aptil on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. BUD has a limited class size and registration is required. Registration cost is $85/6 week session for non-members and $60 for sustaining members.

Not only for moms, this weekly program is for adults and their little ones to come enjoy the outdoors together. It can include activities, crafts, hikes, and games, and takes place at 9 and 10 every Wednesday morning. Both sessions are identical so that families can choose the session that works best for their schedules. Older siblings are welcome, but are asked to allow younger students to participate fully.

GNC also facilitates private field trips for homeschool co-ops and other groups. We are very flexible with wide ranging ages of students, and can work with you to cover topics that are age appropriate and match your current studies. To schedule a private group program, please call the nature center at (419) 884-3764, or fill out or program form. If you would like an example of a typical field trip, please visit our field trip page.

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

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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