Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council, Inc.
Oregon Ridge's mission is to provide engaging educational and recreational opportunities in nature that will instill a sense of wonder, promote environmental stewardship, and create a lasting legacy of positive choices in our own backyards, Maryland, and the Chesapeake Bay.
The Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to advise, recommend, promote, conduct and develop, in cooperation with the Department of Recreation and Parks and its Board, nature interpretation and conservation programs and projects primarily at this Nature Center, and where appropriate, at other parks, school-recreation centers and open spaces in Baltimore County.
Major Council Projects in planning :
New Pavilion - (completed 9/16 - click here to see)
Become a member - Click here to download a membership form and pay by check, or click here to pay on-line.
As a member of the Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Council, you will receive:
- Advanced notice of programs, summer camp and events by
mail in our quarterly newsletter
- Advanced registration and reduced cost of programs, summer
camp and events
- The satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a good cause!
The Annual Council Meeting is open to the public and is held at 7:00 PM on the third Monday of September. The monthly speakers series are held at 7:30 PM on the third Monday of each month except February, July and August. Our speakers give presentations on a wide range of nature related subjects. For detailed descriptions of these lectures see our newsletter.
The Council publishes a periodic newsletter, TrailBlazer, which is mailed to all members. The newsletter includes articles on wildlife and nature, important environmental updates, and calendar listings on all Council & Park events, courses, meetings, and other ORNC activities.
*Notice - The latest version of the Bylaws of Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council, Inc. are available for download here.
ORNC Council Executive Board
- Pat Ghingher, President
- Mark Gingerich, Vice President
- Erin McCleary, Secretary
- Ann Canoles, Treasurer
Directors at Large:
- Carol Mantegna
- Karen Jackson
- Audit - Ron Mantegna
- Budget - Mark Gingerich
- Environmental Issues - Jim Curtis
- Exhibits - Kristin Panousos
- Fund Raising - Beth Keyser
- Grants - Gary Anderson
- Grounds - Ralph Brown
- Membership - Marcia Dysart
- Newsletter - Mary Jane Shanks
- Public Relations - vacant
- Scholarship - Dr. Polly Roberts
- Speakers Series - Michele Steinitz
- Volunteers - Georgette Fredericks
- Web Site - Jim Curtis
- Library/Auditorium - Winny Tan
- Archives - vacant