Gorman Nature Center


2295 Lexington Avenue (Rt. 42)

Mansfield, OH 44907

419-884-3764

www.gormannaturecenter.org
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Friday, April 22:

  1. Welcome Reception 5pm-6:30pm. Meet our Wildlife Ambassadors. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list. Raffle held for many donated items.
  2. Keynote 7pm-8pm. Steve McKee. An Introduction to the Rich Biodiversity of Mohican: The forests of Mohican harbor a wealth of plants and animals.  Because of its diverse and unusual habitats, Mohican serves as a crossroad for flora and fauna from north and south.  Mohican can be the Canadian north woods, dry Appalachian oak forests and rich central-Ohio forest all rolled into one fantastic park.  This program will focus on the stunning and surprising natural history of our Mohican backyard.

 

 Saturday, April 23:

  1. Advanced Birding - High Biodiversity 8am-10am. What's that? You can tell the difference between a Song Sparrow and a Carolina Chickadee? Blue Jays and Cardinals don't give you trouble? Want to know more about things like warblers, vireos, tanagers, swallows, rails, gulls and bitterns? Ready to kick it up a notch? If so, then join us at Gorman Nature Center as we explore the avian diversity of the Mohican Region, Ohio, and beyond. Participants will get to see hundreds of specimens up-close to learn why birds look and act the way they do. There will be opportunities to see native species in-the-hand and visit with our Eastern Screech Owl!
  2. The Biodiversity of Gorman Nature Center 10am-12pm. Nature is filled with so many different kinds of organisms that it is difficult to comprehend all of them. We will take a hike through the fields and forests of Gorman nature Center to look for animals, plants, lichens, liverworts, fungus and much more. We will also explore how these organisms interact with and depend on their general or specific ecosystems. Participants will also have the opportunity to use their observational skills and assist Gorman Nature Center staff with our All Taxa Biotic Inventory (ATBI) study!
  3. Growing up in a Pond! 12pm-2pm. A pond is a great place to look if you are searching for biodiversity, but did you know that many animals only call the pond home for a short time? Come to our program to learn about animals that spend the first part of their life underwater and what makes it possible for them to join us on land. Appropriate for all ages, participants will be able to get up close and personal with immature pond animals and, if we are lucky, their adult counterparts!
  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. The GNC Visitor Center will be open throughout the entire Mohican Wildlife Weekend. 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 24:

  1. Birding for Beginners - Low Biodiversity! 8am-10am. Are you a beginning bird watcher who is yearning to increase your knowledge about the birds of Ohio? If so, then come join us for a hike through Gorman Nature Center to learn how to identify some of the common birds of Ohio. Spring migration will be well underway, so don't miss out on the chance to see lots of different species and learn the basic for telling all of them apart! There will also be opportunities to see native species in-the-hand and visit with our Eastern Screech Owl!
  2. Prickles, Thistles, Poison and Thorns! 10am-12pm. Nature is filled with many varieties 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 of Gorman Nature Center to look for plants that can sting, prick, poke or otherwise cause harm. We will learn why plants require such things to stay safe and deter predators. We hope by the end of the walk, you will have learned which plants to avoid in terms of taste and touch! The diversity of biological defenses will boggle your mind!
  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. The GNC Visitor Center will be open throughout the entire Mohican Wildlife Weekend. 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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