Gorman Nature Center


2295 Lexington Avenue (Rt. 42)

Mansfield, OH 44907

419-884-3764

www.gormannaturecenter.org
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Saturday, April 25:

  1. Birds Freak Me Out! 8am-10am. Are you terrified by things with feathers? Do you shriek and yell when birds fly by your windows or past your head? If so, then join us as we explore your avian fears and bring you up close and personal with live birds and bird specimens. Participants will get to see hundreds of specimens up-close to learn why birds look and act the way they do. There will also be opportunities to see native species in-the-hand and visit with our Eastern Screech Owl!
  2. Prickles, Thistles, Poison & Thorns! 10am-12pm. Nature is filled with many different kinds of beneficial plants, but even many useful plants possess plainly obvious or hidden defense mechanisms. We will take a hike through the fields and forests to look for plants that can sting, prick, poke or otherwise cause harm. Learn why plants require such things to stay safe and deter predators. We hope that by the end of the walk, you will have learned which plants to avoid in terms of taste and touch.
  3. Web Sights! 12pm-2pm. When you see a fat little jumping spider, are you tormented by arachnophobia or delighted to see the tiny beast’s feats of agility? When you are approached by a Harvestman, are you terrified by his eight legs which seem to move independently or fascinated by its hydraulic ability to do so? Whether you are an arachnophobe or a spider lover, this program will provide you with more answers than you ever had questions about these ecologically important and intriguing eight-legged wonders.
  4. Hands-on Animals 2pm-4pm. Join us for our exciting finale to Saturday’s Mohican Wildlife Weekend activities! Enjoy the experience of touching, holding, and learning about some of Gorman Nature Center’s resident reptiles and amphibians. All of GNC’s educational animals are native to the Richland County area. This program is enjoyed by all ages.
  5. Gorman Nature Center grounds are open dawn to dusk year-round. There are picnic tables (with grills at some locations), a picnic shelter (seats 25-30; first come, first served), and several miles of trails through many habitats, meadow, forest, prairie, pond and streams. There is great migratory birding in the spring along the Fox Meadow and Woodcock Creek trails riparian area.

 

Sunday, April 26:

  1. What in the World is Under that Log? 8am-10am. Have you ever flipped over a decaying log and said, “What the heck is that?” The underside of a log is a moist and dark place, with rich soil and plenty of places to hide. Many kinds of predators and prey will use the underside of a log for shelter and to look for a meal. It would not be unusual to flip over a log in this area and find small rodents, snakes, salamanders, worms, centipedes, millipedes, isopods and more! Join us as we demystify some of the organisms that call the underside of a log their home.
  2. Story Time with Creepy Critters! 10am-12pm. Face your wildest fears with our family friendly story time. This indoor campfire-style story time will be a fun and thrilling experience for little ones. There will be one or two stories about some misunderstood animals as well as a nature themed craft. Some of the animal characters from the books may even make an appearance!
  3. Virtual Nature Scavenger Hunt! 12pm-2pm. Participants will compete to test their natural history knowledge for fantastic prizes. Bring your smart phone or camera because we will only be collecting images of everything on our scavenger hunt list. This is a great opportunity to learn all about different aspects of natural history from the Mohican region and the great state of Ohio!
  4. Hands-on Animals 2pm-4pm. Join us for our exciting finale to Mohican Wildlife Weekend! Enjoy the experience of touching, holding, and learning about some of Gorman Nature Center’s resident reptiles and amphibians. All of GNC’s educational animals are native to the Richland County area. This program is enjoyed by all ages.
  5. Gorman Nature Center grounds are open dawn to dusk year-round. There are picnic tables (with grills at some locations), a picnic shelter (seats 25-30; first come, first served), and several miles of trails through many habitats, meadow, forest, prairie, pond and streams. There is great migratory birding in the spring along the Fox Meadow and Woodcock Creek trails riparian area.

 

 

 

 

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