Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of The Friends of Blackhand Gorge. The members of the Friends Group are dedicated to preserving and enhancing Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Our mission is to foster a partnership between outdoor enthusiasts, The Licking Valley Heritage Society and the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources to:
  • Preserve for future generations the truly unique natural attributes found at Blackhand Gorge.
  • Promote the preservation and protection of its resources and to encourage community and visitor participation in these efforts.
  • Establish cooperative relationships with individuals, private organizations and government agencies sharing the common goals of the organization
  • Promote and support educational projects within the Preserve that will support these goals.
  • Organize and implement work projects that will complement the infrastructure and mission of Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.
  • Accept membership dues, initiate fund raising events and solicit donations for projects to advance the mission of this organization.
To become a member, please fill out the membership application below, and send your membership dues to the address below:
The Friends of Blackhand Gorge Memberships
c/o: Kelsey Gieseler
454 Valley Blvd West
Newark, Ohio 43055

If you have questions or comments, please contact Kelsey Gieseler at

Thank you,

The Friends of Blackhand Gorge

Become a Member