All About Richland

Take A Hike: Gorman Nature Center

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re beginning a new series here at 1812Blockhouse, just in time for the beauty of a north central Ohio spring.

It’s called “Take a Hike,” and it is exactly that. With each post, we’ll be featuring a walk or organized hike you can take by yourself, with groups, or with your favorite furry friend. In each case, they will be located within Richland County and will be generally accessible to the public, or easily made available.

Do you have a favorite walk you’d like to see us share with our readers? Just send information to us at: [email protected] and we’ll be happy to do just that.

Today we’re looking at the 1.4 mile loop trail located at Gorman Nature Center. More…

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History & Tourism

April Brings Birds And Butterflies

3 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Thinking of April conjures up tulips and spring air; warmer temperatures and blooming wildflowers.

It also suggests birds and butterflies — both of which are being showcase this month across Richland County.

Following are links to events and workshops on this theme — click on any for more information and, where available, online registration. Please note that the Birding Boat Tours repeat on Sunday, April 25 at the same times, and that other Mohican Wildlife Weekend events may have a component dealing with birds or butterflies. More…

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All About Richland

Things That Go Hoot In The Night

2 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

If you are one of those people who suffer from nyctophobia, this might be one event you would want to skip. For everyone else, however – particularly those with an affinity for our featured friends — this might be just the ticket. More…

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Friends Group Announces Name Change; Launches New Website

27 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

A local not for profit support group has changed its name to more closely match its mission, while unveiling a new website to more clearly tell that story.

This past week, the Friends of Gorman Nature Center announced its new name, Friends of the Richland County Park District on social media. The change was effective December 7.

According to the announcement, “The Friends provides volunteer assistance, along with the coordination and financial support for programs and events that take place at all areas covered by the Richland County Park District. More…

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Gorman Nature Center Goes To The Dogs

25 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Fall is a great time for exercise. Temperatures decrease, the foliage provides a wonderful backdrop, and there’s time to shed a few extra pounds before winter steps in.

One great place to do so is Mansfield’s Gorman Nature Center.

And while you’re at it — why not take your four legged animal with you? Gorman loves dog hikers, and has published a new video to provide some advice. More…

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Pollinators, Butterflies, and More

4 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Richland County Park District

An annual event that celebrates all things creepy-crawley that also fly will be taking place this weekend with the 7th Annual Richland County Park District Pollinator & Native Plant Festival.

The event actually begins on Wednesday with the visit of Fran LeMasters and her “All a Flutter” live butterfly exhibit, which you can actually physically enter and have the opportunity to interact with native butterfly species. Come inside and visit live butterflies from the caterpillar, larvae, and flying stage, including feeding.

LeMasters will be at the Gorman Nature Center from Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 4 PM (on Thursday, the hours will be somewhat limited due to another event at the Center. More…

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Staring At The Stars

16 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

The high elevation around these parts, combined with excellent venues to learn about nature and “all things outdoors,” makes north central Ohio an excellent place to do some serious star gazing.

Two locations in Richland County offer regular opportunities to do just that. More…

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Park District Offering Pair Of Saturday Opportunities

10 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse; Richland County Park District

This Saturday, the Richland County Park District will be offering two opportunities to get to know the outdoors.

First, Naturalist Kyle Bailey will be hosting the second Magnificent Moths and Caterpillar program of the season. Learn about the natural history of months through a “moth lighting” — setting out a sheet with lights to attract the flying insects and then inspecting the property for larval caterpillars. The lighting will take place after a talk about moths and mothing. More…

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Saturday Is Family Friendly Bird Day

14 Feb , 2020  

This Saturday, Gorman Nature Center (GNC) in Mansfield is offering a Family Friendly Bird Day full of activities to engage and excite kids and adults alike. This is a great wintertime opportunity to connect with nature! Here are the planned activities: More…

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Upcoming Nature Events To Put On Your Calendar

4 Feb , 2020  

The Richland County Park District has a lot of great events planned for 2020 at Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield. Most of the events are free and designed for the whole family. We are lucky to have such a great space in our backyard – make sure to mark your calendar for some of these fun and educational programs! More…

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Summer Under The Stars In Mansfield’s New Inflatable Planetarium

17 Aug , 2019  

The stars come alive under Richland County skies during “The Night Sky,” a monthly astronomy program hosted by the Richland County Park District at Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield.

This month will see the initial use of an exciting new addition to this program. Purchased with proceeds from a donation received by the Park District from the Hire Foundation in Lexington, an inflatable and portable planetarium will mean that weather cancellations are a thing of the past. More…

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Pollinators Ready To Shine

28 Jul , 2019  

They go from plant to plant, dozens of times each day, and thank heavens that they do!

You are invited to the Sixth Annual Richland County Park District Pollinator Festival, which will be held from August 2 through 4 at the Gorman Nature Center. More…

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Have Fun With Creepy Crawlies And Critters

2 Jun , 2019  

Calling all children aged 5-14 – how would you like to spend week getting to know about the world in your own backyard?

The best way is at Critter Camp at Gorman Nature Center, coming from July 29 to August 2. Spend a week studying how organisms interact in Ohio ecosystems. More…

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Learn The Basics Of Backpacking

7 Apr , 2019  

Are you considering starting out on the trail to take a trail, but are unsure how to begin planning for that kind of trip?

First time backpackers can be overwhelmed with the amount of conscious, critical, and calculated decisions that come with planning a backpacking trip. Be it a segment of the 1,444 Buckeye Trail that rings the state, a weekend trip on the Appalachian Trail, or even a multi-week trip to conquer Mount Everest, gear selection is the first step in coordinating a successful trip.

Backpacking Basics for Beginners takes place from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, April 27 at the Gorman Nature Center. More…

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Park District Hosting Recruitment Fair – With Perks!

3 Feb , 2019  

Fans of the outdoors – here’s an opportunity to help promote stewardship of natural resources and to have fun at the same time.

The Richland County Park District is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair on February 19 from 10 AM to Noon at Gorman Nature Center, 2295 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. Those who attend will learn about volunteer opportunities in the areas of: More…

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