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Taking a Walk at Gorman Nature Center

Gorman Nature Center has always been one of my favorite places to visit in Mansfield, Ohio.  When my kids were little we would take breaks in our homeschool day to visit often. With two very active little boys, those breaks were a necessity. We’d walk the trails, study tadpoles, collect leaves, make tree rubbings, catch insects and cast animal tracks. Gorman Nature Center allowed us to briefly escape town living and fit in a bit of nature study while running and playing along the trails.

Catching Bugs on a Homeschool Field Trip to Gorman Nature Center

Catching bugs during a Homeschool Field Trip at Gorman Nature Center

The days of packing up three little ones to experience the wonder of the outdoors may have passed for me but Gorman Nature Center remains one of my family’s favorite places to visit near home. We may no longer catch butterflies in our nets or cast animal tracks, but a visit to Gorman Nature Center is a great way to fit in some recreational exercise and this time of year, it’s a great location to enjoy the fall colors.

The changing leaves make the perfect backdrop for Senior of family photos. These photos can give you a glimpse of the beautiful fall colors that you’ll see right now.
Gorman Nature Center

The property is a great place for bird watchers.

The Pond at Gorman Nature Center
If you visit during warmer weather you can catch a glimpse of turtles in the pond.

We startled deer in the woods at Gorman Nature Center

My daughter and I startled a group of deer along the trail.

A trail through the woods at Gorman Nature Center

The trail in the woods was covered by the fallen leaves.

The Covered Bridge at Gorman Nature Center

The covered bridge is a popular spot for those photos I mentioned.  Have I managed to convince you that Gorman Nature Center is a great place to spend the day?

Here’s a couple other posts about Gorman Nature Center:
Gorman Nature Center- Mansfield, Ohio
Enjoying Fall Colors at Gorman Nature Centers

Gorman Nature Center is a safe, fun, family-friendly, educational attraction that I consider a gem for the area. In addition to special programming and field trips, they also offer weekly naturalist programs that are FREE and open to the public.

The grounds at Gorman Nature Center are open dawn to dusk and can be found at 2295 Lexington Avenue Mansfield, Ohio 44907. There is also visitor’s center on location. You can call 419-884-FROG  for current hours.

This post is linked to Inspire Me Wednesday with Mama Buzz and Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox. 

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Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

I can see why people like having portraits taken here. That covered bridge and the leaf covered trail in the woods have a quiet beauty. Getting a Senior portrait with a deer photobomb would be funny.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

Tuesday 29th of October 2013

Yes! We took our daughter's Senior pics in a park in the Fall and the colors were glorious. I can totally see how Gorman Nature Center would make the ideals setting as well.

LyndaS

Monday 28th of October 2013

It looks beautiful and inviting. Nice photos.

Leigh

Thursday 24th of October 2013

I like having these sorts of country escapes close to home. I think most people feel a whole lot better when exposed to nature. Looks like you have a long history with the place.

Tonya

Thursday 24th of October 2013

Yes, Leigh. A longer history than I mentioned. I used remember visiting at least once as a student myself. It's certainly a valuable resource for the community.

Marcia

Thursday 24th of October 2013

Always great to have a little bit of nature close by. Love that pond and covered bridge.

Tonya

Thursday 24th of October 2013

My daughter wants to get some of her Sr. pictures taken at the bridge. It's a popular spot with photographers.

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