Family Field Trips

Join us for Field trips on Friday, April 6th, Saturday, April 7th, and Sunday, April 8th

For the first time in AURCO’s Conference history, we will be offering field trips to local attractions. Come early on Friday (or stay late on Saturday/Sunday) and enjoy the company of your peers as we stroll through the local cultural and natural heritage! Discover north-central Ohio with us! Field trips will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (so, make it a family weekend!). Field trip registration deadline is February 4, 2018. The field trip fee includes transportation to and from campus plus entrance/ticket to the attraction or tour.

Contact Us for More Information

Conference Chair: Ozeas Costa ~~ Email: costa.47@osu.edu

Field Trips (click on the trip for more information)

Ohio State Reformatory (www.mrps.org)

The Ohio State Reformatory, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until 1990, when a United States Federal Court ruling (the 'Boyd Consent Decree') ordered the facility to be closed. This facility was used in a number of film productions – including Tango & Cash (1989), Air Force One (1997), Ghost Hunters (2005), and Fallen Angels (2007) – it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used for the majority of the movie. Trip fee is $15 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 9:00 am and return to campus at 11:00 am
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
Malabar Farm State Park (www.malabarfarm.org)

Nestled in the hills of Pleasant Valley, Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield and was his home until his death in 1956. On May 21, 1945, Bromfield hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding and honeymoon at Malabar Farm. The Park offers a variety of activities, including tours of the big house, hiking, wagon tours, and a program of special events in the rich, green surroundings beloved by Louis Bromfield. The park maintains a working farm, exhibits and interpretive programs, and a twenty-five-hundred-volume library on sustainable agriculture. Trip fee is $8 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 9:00 am and return to campus at 11:00 am
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
Mansfield Carousel District (www.carrouseldistrict.com)

Take a stroll through the district on brick paved pathways and tree-lined streets and think back to a time of quaint shops featuring antiques, art, food, books, gifts, model trains and more! In the Carrousel District, you will find beautifully restored Victorian-age buildings with tin ceilings, solid oak floors, brass lighting, ornate iron fencing, secluded courtyards and the feel of yesteryear, including an expert-carved and beautifully-restored working carousel. The District hosts a shop-hop the first Friday of each month, where you can browse the shops while enjoying refreshments and entertainment. The trip also includes a visit to the historic Renaissance Theatre, home to the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Trip fee is $5 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 5:00 pm and return to campus at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 5:00 pm and return to campus at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
Kingwood Center Gardens (www.kingwoodcenter.org)

The Kingwood Center Gardens is a historic 47-acre estate with a house, gardens and greenhouses. Built in 1926 for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King, the Kingwood Center opened as a public garden in 1953, one year after Mr. King's death. He made his fortune in Mansfield, working with the Ohio Brass Company. This field trip includes a tour of the beautiful gardens, the greenhouse, and of Kingwood Hall. Trip fee is $7 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 9:00 am and return to campus at 11:00 am
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
Ohio Bird Sanctuary (www.ohiobirdsanctuary.com)

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a 90-acre preserve (originally the Richland County Raptor Center) dedicated to the recovery and rehabilitation of native species of bird. The Sanctuary’s living museum is home to over 30 different species of native raptors, vultures, and songbirds, that due to an injury can no longer survive in the wild. These birds permanently reside at that Sanctuary as ambassadors for their species. The preserve also contain numerous hiking trails, and provide important habitat for 52 species of breeding birds and migratory species. Trip fee is $7 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
Mohican State Park (www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/mohican)

The 1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest are outstanding in their beauty and offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake. This field trip includes a hike through the park, with stops at the Pleasant Hill Dam, Lyons Fall, and the Clear Fork River gorge and covered bridge. If conditions allow, a canoe float will also be included. Trip fee is $10 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
Gorman Nature Center (www.gormannaturecenter.org)

Featuring 150 acres of deciduous forests, fields, prairies, ponds and streams, the Gorman Nature Center provides over five miles of hiking trails open to the public. Families and individuals are welcome on the hiking trails from dawn till dusk or in the facilities visitor center. Staff naturalists sponsor weekly programs for the public featuring a wide variety of topics ranging from naturalist led hikes, field trips, lectures, workshops, and night sky programs. In addition to public programing, the center offers daily on-site or nature center programs for schools, youth groups, garden clubs, seniors citizens, service clubs, etc. Trip fee is $5 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 11:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 3:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 3:00 pm and return to campus at 5:00 pm
The Shawshank Trail (www.shawshanktrail.com)

The Shawshank Trail is a driving tour of 15 authentic filming sites used in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). As we travel from site to site we will relive the feelings and the places from Andy and Red, starting at Pugh Cabin (where the opening scenes were filmed) and ending with Red’s Bus Ride to meet his friend at Zihuatanejo, on Route 95. You've seen the gang's original adventure, now it's time to finish your own. A brochure listing the stops along the trail is available online at http://virtualshawshankguide.mansfieldtourism.com. Trip fee is $5 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
Wine and Ale Trail (www.destinationmansfield.com/wine-and-ale-trail)

Sip and sample your way along the Wine & Ale trail, exploring historic buildings, local food, and even some specialty themed wines and brews. Hear the history at a brewery that was a former mortuary or pay tribute to the filming sites from the locally filmed movie The Shawshank Redemption with Reformatory Red or Redemption IPA. Trip fee is $5 per person - does not include food and drinks (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Friday (April 6): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday (April 7): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 10:00 am and return to campus at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday (April 8): Depart Ohio State Mansfield Campus at 1:00 pm and return to campus at 4:00 pm

Contact Us for More Information

Conference Chair: Ozeas Costa ~~ Email: costa.47@osu.edu

We hope to see you at the 24th Annual AURCO Conference
Saturday Conference: April 7, 2018
Friday Reception & Cultural Night: April 6, 2018
OSU Mansfield, Mansfield, OH