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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • 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 »

Earth-Friendly Living

Beaver Marsh

Family at the Beaver Marsh

©Sara Guren

How can people live comfortably without harming the environment? All life depends on the natural world. How can we have clean air, water, and land plus healthy habitats for native plants and animals, and still lead our modern lives?

Here in Northeast Ohio and all over the world, people are trying to figure this out. There are lots of great ideas for how to do things better at home, at school, and at work. Many cities are setting sustainability goals and competing to be the greenest in the world!

 
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Students testing water quality

nps/arrye rosser

The students that attend the resident program at Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC) spend four days and three nights in the national park learning about sustainability and how to better protect our local watersheds. Sustainability is living in an earth-friendly way to assure the necessities of life for all living things both for today and the future. A watershed is an area of land where the water all drains into the same place, such as the Cuyahoga River or Lake Erie. To learn more, read an article about the CVEEC’s resident program by Volunteer Environmental Reporter Emily Bryant.

 

Do park rangers practice at home what they preach at work? Young people want to know! Volunteer Environmental Reporter Emily Bryant interviewed Ranger Arrye Rosser about how she has turned her backyard into a wildlife habitat. Click here to read Emily’s article, including tips on how you can get involved. Want more ideas from the park rangers? Watch the video about practicing Earth-friendly living.


 
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Kids Asked, We Answered!

Click the questions to play video of real kids getting answers from park experts.

How does the constructed wetland clean water?


Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.