Clubs and Affiliations:

Richland County Park District Staff and Volunteers

                                                  Contact us!
                                                 (419) 884-3764

Director: Jason Larson- Jason has been the Director of the Richland County Park District since 2013.
He has worked at The Wilderness Center, Brown Family Environmental Center and at the herbarium at
Ohio University in Athens. He is also well known in both the botany and birding circles of Ohio, and will
often be seen leading programs on both of these subjects. If you would like to contact Jason, you can
email him at

Amanda Kriner- Amanda is the park district Director of Volunteer Resources and manages volunteers
at Gorman Nature Center as well as the B&O Bike Trail, as well as leading programs as a naturalist. She
enjoys all aspects of the natural world but likes to focus on insects, especially dragonflies. If you would
like to contact Amanda, you can email her at

Steve McKee- After serving the community for over 35 years as the director of the Richland County
Park District, Steve decided it was time to step down to part-time employment.  He 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 to teach classes at Gorman Nature Center and in the field. If you would like to
Steve, you can email him at

Kyle Bailey-  Kyle is the Richland County Park District Director of Facilities and Land Management, and
the newest member of our staff! He graduated from Kenyon College in 2013, and will be spending most of
his time keeping park district property in tip-top shape. He is also a fantastic naturalist and birder and you
may see him leading and assisting all types of programs!
If you would like to contact Kyle, you can email
him at

Anthony Aratta-  Anthony is our maintenance man. He recently graduated from The Ohio State
University but has stuck around and still helps maintain the Gorman Nature Center Visitor Center and

                             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.
    We also offer a wide array of other volunteer options to accommodate many
    different interests including docents(volunteers that help with programing) and
    maintenance volunteers.  
              For full volunteer position descriptions, click here    

Gorman Nature Center
Bike Trail Volunters:    
Keith Elliot                                          Steve Reynolds     
Mike Fischer                                       Terry White
Ron Jaques                                           
John Merschdorf                                  
Mary Jane Merschdorf     
Dave Moody              

Richland County Park District
Helpful links:

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Gavin Altman
Samantha Altman
Ryan Bernat
Dylan Bernat
Logan Bernat
Michelle Brackett
Connie Capra
Lauren Capra
Devin Ensminger
Evan Gongwer
Savannah Gremling
Katelyn Grove
Natalie Grove
Sammi Grove
Logan Herriman
Savanna Herriman
Jena Lafon
Gavin Proser
Maddie Sanford
Nick Sharosch
Katie Troyer
Nature Center Volunteers:

Craig Adie
Kyle Bailey
Maria Bon
Natalie Boydston
Amy Crutchfield
Guy Denny
Larry Doktor
Ron Eyestone
Morgan Gongwer
Dean Homerick
Pam Homerick
Gary Jones
Les Jones
Jan Kennedy
Nancy Kennedy
Robby Kriner
Becky Lux
Chris McQuillen
Rinda Samsom
Rosalie Sepesy
Jan Swartz
Linda Tucker
Kim Washington
Jordan Wells
Linda Wilson
Jennifer Windus
Stephanie Witherspoon
Brad Von Blon
Corey Ziegler