• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Valley Picnic Area Park Lot CLosed - Plateau Trail Loop Affected

    Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.

  • Other Closures

    Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. 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?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.