The Richland County Park District held their 50th anniversary celebration over the weekend welcoming guests from around the area to the park’s operational headquarters at the Gorman Nature Center.
Throughout the two days the staff hosted a variety of activities to showcase the park’s wide array of flora and fauna.
“We wanted to let people know this is their park district,” said Gorman Nature Center Director Jason Larson. “The weekend highlights the history of the parks from around the county.”
As guests filed in they were treated to lecture series, native plant sales and a series of guided nature walks in the park’s diverse habitats.
“The goal of the nature center and the district is to organize the ecological sensitive areas in Richland County,” said Larson. “We try to focus on nature here.”
In addition to the events during the day, the staff at Gorman held a night-time nature expedition designed to highlight the center’s nocturnal creatures.
The park district will continue to celebrate its milestone anniversary throughout the duration of the summer and fall with its regularly scheduled naturalist events.
“We run a lot of hands on nature talks throughout the year,” said Gorman Nature Center Naturalist Amanda Kriner, reminding area residents of their programs. “It’s a great way to our show guests what we do here.”
For a complete listing of events call the Gorman Nature Center at 419-884-3764.