Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure
A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »
Plateau Trail Partial Closure
The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »
Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014
Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures
Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »
Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!
Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.
Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake
Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »
Behind the Scenes
Hi, I’m Arrye Rosser, interpretive and education specialist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I’d like to introduce and thank everyone who helped fulfill my dream of expanding the For Kids section to be more useful to elementary students and teachers working on school projects. In the end, over 50 people were involved!
Partnership With Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
This was a real learning experience for everyone and has inspired us to plan future projects together.
Local Elementary Schools
We’d like to thank Karen Grindall’s class at Portage Path Elementary School in Akron, Bobbi Huston’s class at Elizabeth Price Elementary in Cuyahoga Falls, and John Faust’s class at Bath Elementary School in Bath.
courtesy/mary kay Carson
Park Ranger Ryan York read many first-person accounts of life in this area during past eras. He recommended quotes that were most relevant to the project, and then he worked with Arrye to narrow down the list and write
Volunteer Sustainability Reporter Emily Bryant is a student at Baldwin Wallace College who is doing an internship with Arrye. Emily interviews people in the park who doing green projects and writes about their work and ways for readers to help the environment, too. Emily and Arrye work together to refine the text. Two of Emily’s articles appear under Earth-Friendly Living.
Volunteer Youth Reporter Katie Naymon is a high school student at Laurel School who is also doing an internship with Arrye. Katie attends park programs and interviews kids about what they enjoy most about the national park. You can read quotes from kids participating in Get Up, Get Out & Go! under Park Fun.
This project was made possible by the generous support of a 2009 Parks as Classrooms grant from the National Park Service, with additional funding from Eastern National.
You can get involved too by giving us feedback on what you like best about the For Kids pages and what we need to improve. E-mail your comments to e-mail us. Thanks for coming Behind the Scenes with me!
Did You Know?
Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".