History & Tourism

ODNR Highlights The Accomplishments Of 2022

5 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is celebrating a year of accomplishments, milestones, and investments in outdoor recreation. ODNR, keeping true to its mission, spent 2022 making sure Ohio’s public lands and resources were protected and improved for the use of all who step foot on them.

“We really kicked it into high gear this year, celebrating conservation and improving everything from state parks to wildlife areas to wetlands,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz.  “I am proud of our team that works year-round to make each visitor experience better, upgrade equipment and trails, and pave the way for future generations to enjoy these lands.”

Area expansions and improvements included Mount Gilead State Park in north central Ohio, just a ten minute drive from southwestern Richland County, and at Mohican State Park.

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All About Richland

Stay Healthy This Winter: Take A Hike

30 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

As it has for the last several years, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is inviting Ohioans and visitors to experience the beauty of Ohio’s State Parks by taking a guided stroll.

Ohio is a beautiful place to explore, especially in the winter. From the rare birds wintering along the Lake Erie shores, to the snow-covered bridge at Mohican State Park, to the frozen waterfalls In the Hocking Hills, there are majestic winter landscapes all across our beautiful state.

ODNR staff  have dozens of winter hikes planned around our wonderful and picturesque state in our nature preserves and state parks.

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History & Tourism

Saturday Is Public Lands Day In Ohio

22 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites everyone to spend this Saturday at a state park, nature preserve, forest, or wildlife area, to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.  The day is designated to celebrate the connection between people and the great outdoors, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage the use of open space for education, recreation, and healthy living.

“Ohio is home to the best outdoor recreation in the country and National Public Lands Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy it,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking, or just sightseeing, I hope everyone can make time to get out and experience Ohio’s natural beauty this weekend.”

ODNR has a variety of places where people can enjoy National Public Lands Day – for free!

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All About Richland

State, County To Celebrate State Parks Week

25 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a proclamation on Friday recognizing April 22-29, 2022, as Ohio State Parks Week.

“From Maumee Bay to Forked Run, our state parks add so much to our quality of life and make Ohio a great place to live,” said Governor DeWine. “I encourage you to celebrate our state parks by taking time to get outside and enjoy a walk along a Storybook Trail with your family, a day on the water with friends, or a hike to some of Ohio’s most scenic spots.”

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio State Parks Foundation, Governor DeWine is inviting everyone to visit a state park near them from April 22-29, 2022. A full list of programming and activities happening at Ohio State Parks is available on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources event calendar.

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All About Richland

ODNR Hiring Assistant Park Managers, Including At Mohican

24 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

 If your idea of a good day at the office includes positive customer engagement, creative problem-solving, and working with recreational professionals in an outdoor setting, then the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) encourages you to apply for one of 12 assistant park manager positions.

Successful assistant park manager applicants will be required to attend state park management academy, which will cover a variety of related issues necessary for successful day-to-day park operations including communications, stakeholder engagement, land management, and hiring.

“We are committed to providing the training and mentorship needed for a rewarding career with ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft,” said Chief Glen Cobb. “Our new assistant park managers will spend their first year learning all facets of the job, which will give our new managers the tools they need to succeed.”

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All About Richland

Enjoy The Great Outdoors At Ohio State Parks This Winter

5 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The fun doesn’t stop once the weather turns colder at Ohio State Parks.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will keep many park campgrounds open during the winter months.

“Spring, summer, fall, winter, our state parks are beautiful in any season,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “The winter months offer a new view, new activities, and another way to unplug and connect with family while warming up around a toasty campfire.”

Visitors can spot winter birds along a snow-covered trail at Burr Oak, enjoy the beauty of a frozen waterfall at Hocking Hills, or try to snag that big catch while ice fishing on Lake Erie.  Those are just some of the experiences winter camping can offer. However, while braving the cold, there are several things to keep in mind:

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All About Richland

ODNR Says All State Parks Now Fully Open; Malabar Farm Resuming Tours

4 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced this week that all of Ohio’s state parks and watercraft facilities are now fully open for the public to enjoy this summer.

“The Ohio State Parks team is so happy to welcome our guests back for in-person activities and programming this summer,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Families can plan for group activities, such as reunions, and visitors of all ages are welcome back to our nature centers and educational programming.

Several state parks, such as Malabar Farm and Marblehead Lighthouse state parks, will resume regular hours for public tours.

Tours of the Big House at Malabar Farm will be given daily at AM and 2 PM through Labor Day weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays, a 4:30 PM tour is also available. Fees apply. More…

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All About Richland

Winter Camping Is Always An Option

21 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for some, it’s a welcome diversion from the both the bustle of everyday life and what can be crowded parks in warmer times of the year.

Winter camping is enjoyed by thousands of Ohioans each year, and it can be accomplished right here in theRichland County area.

A few parks close for the winter season but many others remain open by limiting the number of sites or the amenities in the campground. Many parks that remain open, limit water and electric availability. More…

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History & Tourism

Essential Guide To Ohio State Parks Is Now Available

22 Jun , 2020  

The Ohio State Parks Passport, the essential guide to all 75 Ohio State Parks, is now available.

“Our state parks, all 75 of them, are truly wonderful, unique, and always free to enter,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Throughout the Buckeye State, in every season, there are state parks waiting to be explored.”

The Ohio State Parks Passport is a must-have for visitors of all ages as they travel and experience the great outdoors at state parks. Printed in full color and with a page for every park, the passport includes a full set of custom state park decal stickers that visitors can use to commemorate each new visit. State parks will also feature exclusive ink stamps that park staff can use to mark a visitor’s book each time they visit. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Hocking Hills Reopening By The Fourth Of July

8 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Quite honestly, we weren’t entirely sure a month or so ago that we would have the opportunity to post in our Summer Road Trip series in 2020. As Ohio re-opens in a measured and safe way, additional venues and attractions are coming online. Fair and festivals may be out for the time being, but interesting places to visit are very much on tap.

So this year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Mansfield area. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

As you may know, Ohio’s State Parks have generally been open for hiking and visiting, but one of the best-known has been shut down. That is about to change. More…

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