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 University 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 our maintenance man. He recently graduated from The Ohio State
University but has stuck around and still helps keep the Gorman Nature Center Visitor Center and grounds
in tip-top shape.

                         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:

Ashland University SCRUBS
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