Volunteer Training

The Volunteer Handbook is designed as a reference and guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and our Volunteers-in-Parks Program. The Handbook was updated October 2014 and we invite you to devote special attention to the updated uniform (pg 14), workers' compensation (pg 29), and training (pg 34;66) sections. Click here to download your copy of the 2014 CVNP Volunteer Handbook.

Addendums to the CVNP Volunteer Handbook:
- Uniform Policy
Click here to download the Uniform Policy.

- Injury and Workers' Compensation Policy for Volunteers
Click here to download the Workers' Compensation Policy.

Location given upon registration

Want to volunteer in your national park? Attend this classroom-style orientation to learn more about CVNP and the Volunteers-in-Parks Program. Complete within your first six months of volunteering, but it is not required before you get started. For details and to register,contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email volunteer@forcvnp.org.

VOLUNTEER ENRICHMENT SERIES (Free; No pre-registration)
Second Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Happy Days Lodge (unless otherwise noted)

Get the latest scoop about hot topics from park and community experts! This series will help you excel as a park steward. Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and lectures are from 7 - 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. You may bring a guest. Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), 1 mile west of SR 8, Peninsula 44264.

2015 Topics and Speakers:

Tuesday, October 13

NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
(Andrea Irland, Outdoor Recreation Planner)

Learn how the NPS mission is sometimes used in "non-traditional" ways to help communities complete projects. Andrea Irland, from the Midwest Region RTCA Ohio Field Office, will introduce the work being completed around the state, including several large-scale projects involving CVNP.

Tuesday, November 10

The Birds of CVNP and their Habitats
(Dwight Chasar, CVNP Volunteer)

Dwight Chasar, CVNP volunteer and avid birder, will describe various bird habitats, natural and man-made, and the special birds that call our park home. From the forests to fields and rivers to marshes, these habitats are essential for the diversity of bird species found within CVNP.

Tuesday, December 8

Catching Up with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
(Craig Tallman, President & CEO of CVSR)

Join us for an evening with Craig Tallman, the President & CEO of the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, as we look back on the year and begin looking at what's around the bend for the train in 2016 and beyond.

Note: This Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m.


CPR/AED/First Aid

Participants will learn Full CPR for children, adults, and infants; AED; First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.

  • Dates to be announced

All CVNP volunteers are invited to attend. CVNP volunteers required to attend have first priority, everyone else will be placed on a waiting list. Find the updated safety requirements by volunteer position in the Volunteer Safety Training Appendix.

Foundations of Interpretation

  • Dates to be announced.

    This class can also be taken online for free. Please scroll to "Online Training" for more information.
    Designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory and practice of interpretation, the course is ideal for volunteers who are communicating to visitors the stories of the park.

Informal Interpretation

  • Dates to be announced.

This course captures the spontaneous types of interactions interpreters have with visitors, whether informational or interpretive. Foundations of Interpretation is a pre-requisite for this course.

Online training courses are available through the Eppley Institute. Click on the course names below for more information:

If you take an online course, please send your certificate of completion to the volunteer office at volunteer@forcvnp.org or fax it to 330-657-2381.

*To receive the discount code for classes that have a fee, contact Park Ranger Josh Bates at 330-657-2350 or e-mail us. This is an option if your volunteer position requires training in interpretation and you are not available to take the class when it is offered in the park.


Park Ambassadors are responsible for providing excellent visitor services at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To ensure volunteers have the knowledge base, all Park Ambassadors will be required to attend a total of two interpretive programs/trainings per year. And, all Hike Assistants are required to hike four different additional trails per year while not on duty as a Hike Assistant.

Please track these programs and hikes on the Park Ambassador Continuing Education Form. Return the form to volunteer@forcvnp.org.

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