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.
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.
The property is a great place for bird watchers.
If you visit during warmer weather you can catch a glimpse of turtles in the pond.
My daughter and I startled a group of deer along the trail.
The trail in the woods was covered by the fallen leaves.
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?
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.
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