In addition to upsetting the natural balance, Rosier said that things people might be tempted to take along with them could have historical significance. Mounds State Park is, after all, a site where the Adena-Hopewell people existed 2,000 years ago.
Rosier noted that at the end of field trips, everyone is gently reminded to put down anything they’ve picked up along the way. Exceptions to that would be school children collecting leaves for a project. Berries and mushrooms are the only other items not out of bounds.
There’s no question no one really needs to take anything home with them from the park aside from the simple joy of being in nature. That’s why Bricker can be so frequently spotted there.
“I just love the outdoors. I’m an outdoors person,” said Bricker. As for his particular penchant for rocks, he noted, “I love God’s beauty in the rocks.”