Clubs and Affiliations:

       Nature Center Staff and Volunteers

                                                      Contact us!
                                                    (419) 884-3764

Director: Jason Larson- We are thrilled to welcome our new Director as of Aug. 1st
2013.  Jason is well-known in both the botany and birding circles of Ohio.  Jason has worked at The
Wilderness Center, Brown Family Environmental Center and at the herbarium at Ohio Universty in
Athens.  Stop by and welcome Jason to his new home in Mansfield, Ohio!  If you would like to contact
Jason, you can email him at

       Amanda Kriner- Our newest naturalist, Amanda graduated from Ashland University in
May 2013. Amanda is a natural teacher and leader and we look forward to her future with us
here at GNC. If you would like to contact Amanda, you can email her at

     Jan Ferrell-  Jan pulls double duty by working at the Nature Center and the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.
She is our resident specialist on birds and spiders.  She also coordinates our volunteers. If you would like
to contact Jan, you can email her at

     Steve McKee-  Steve is stepping down to part-time employment, as he has serve his community for
over 30 years as the director of the Richland County Park District.  He still considers all of the Mohican
area his own backyard, and would like to share it with you.  Steve's specialties are botany and birds, and
he will continue on part-time to teach classes at Gorman Nature Center and in the field. If you would like
to contact Steve, you can email him at

     Anthony Aratta-  Anthony is a full time student at OSU in Columbus and our maintenance man,
who keeps the Gorman Nature Center Visitor Center and grounds in tip-top shape.

     Connie Capra-  Connie is the new winter intern for the Richland County Park District. Her
internship was made possible by a grant from the Richland Foundation. She is very interested in learning
and has started a wonderful blog about the natural world that you can view
here! We are looking forward
to Connie working with us this winter!

                            Volunteer Staff
           The special people who make it all possible
           Bookstore volunteers help by answering the phone, taking messages,
    answering questions, and guiding visitors around the GNC building to
    interpret and describe the educational animals, grounds and building.
    Additional tasks may include feeding/watering animals and assisting
    staff with programs.
           There are no necessary qualifications for this position other than the
    ability to converse with the public and a love of learning. A volunteer
    orientation (approx. 1 hr) will be held to train the volunteer, after
    which shadowing opportunities are offered.
           Daily shifts are from 9am-12pm, and 12-3pm on weekdays, and 10am-
    1pm and 1-4pm on weekends.
              For other volunteer position descriptions, click here    

Gorman Nature Center
Bike Trail Volunters:

Mike Fischer                                         Dave Moody

John Merschdorf                                   Steve Reynolds

Mary Jane Merschdorf                           Terry White
Richland County Park District
Helpful links:

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Cece Brady

Dalton Brady

Connie Capra

Devin Ensminger

Grayson Foster

Morgan Gongwer

Katelyn Grove

Natalie Grove

Sammi Grove

Georgia Payne

Dalton Rennick

Maddie Sanford

Katie Troyer
Nature Center Volunteers:

Amy Beth Crutchfield

Lary Doktor

Cheryl Harner

Dean Homerick

Ron Jaques

Nancy Kennedy

Dave Kracker

Becky Lux

Chris McQuillen

Rinda Samsom

Jan Swartz

Linda Tucker

Kim Washington

Jordan Wells

Linda Wilson