Gorman Nature Center

A Gorman Nature Center volunteer works with youngsters in learning about turtles at the 2018 Richland County Fair Nature Park.

MANSFIELD -- In addition to the rides, barns and eating those favorite Fair foods, fairgoers are encouraged to check out what's happening at the Nature Park during the Richland County Fair, Aug. 4 to 10.

At the Nature Park you can relax on seating shaded by large trees and surrounded by beautiful native plant gardens, enjoy natural resource, environmental and wildlife programs, and listen to live music. Joshua Elster from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife K9 unit, and his German Shepherd, Mila, is new this year.

Programs and entertainment at the Nature Park are free with admission to the Fair. Don't forget to stop by the exhibit area, located in the building, to learn about wildlife, including turtles and snakes, gardening, recycling, soil and water health, beekeeping, turtles and snakes. The Nature Park is located near the "Big Red Barn."

Nature Park Schedule:

SUNDAY, Aug. 4

7 p.m. "Angel Wings" - Country/Southern Gospel Music

MONDAY, Aug. 5

3 p.m. "Life in the Soil and How Everything is Connected" Eric Larson, Richland County Master Gardener

4 p.m. "Malabar Farm - One of Richland County's Hidden Gems," Mark Sommer, Park Naturalist

7 p.m. "Mid-Ohio Community Band" - Classic Songs and Music


3 p.m. "Rainfall Simulator Demonstration: The Effect of Rain on the Land" Richland Soil and Water Conservation District. This program will take place in the building.

4 p.m. "Bird Encounter," Ohio Bird Sanctuary

7 p.m. " Blue Universe" - Bluegrass Music


3 p.m. "Basic Beekeeping," Sonny Barker, Richland Area Beekeepers Association

4 p.m. "Meet Josh and his German Shepherd, Mila, from the ODNR, Div. of Wildlife K9 Unit

7 p.m. "Bare Foot McCoy" - Fun Folk and Country Music


3 p.m. "Why Monarchs and Pollinators are Important on the Landscape," Emilee Hardesty, Division of Wildlife Biologist

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4 p.m. "It's Only Rain, So Why Should We Care?" Learn about storm water and how you can be a part of protecting our water quality, Kim Hildreth, Program Coordinator, City of Mansfield Engineering Department

7 p.m. "Paul Rosewood" - Country Artists

FRIDAY, Aug. 9

3 p.m. "Snakes and Turtles of Richland County," Richland County Park District-Gorman Nature Center

4 p.m. "Landscaping with Native Plants, Bill Flanegan, Richland County Master Gardener

7 p.m. "2 + One" - Family Oriented Music


7 p.m. "Tom's Kitchen Table" - Country Oldies

Kim Hildreth, Program Coordinator, City of Mansfield Engineering Department; Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority; Richland Soil and Water Conservation District; Richland County Park District and Gorman Nature Center; Richland Area Beekeepers Association; Richland County Master Gardeners; and ODNR-Division of Wildlife will have displays, contests and information available in the Nature Park building. The building will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.