• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon. Register Now
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Register Now
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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, March 10
Catching up with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
(Deb Yandala, Chief Executive Officer of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga
Valley National Park)
In 2015, the Conservancy for CVNP continues to raise the bar and invent new ways to help CVNP reach its full potential. Deb Yandala and special guests from the Conservancy will share information about new programs and projects in the park that will assist you in telling the public about ways they can become more deeply engaged with our favorite park.

Tuesday, April 14
Nesting Bald Eagles
(Paul Motts, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer)
For the past several years, bald eagles have been routinely seen along the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Join CVNP Volunteer Paul Motts for an opportunity to learn about the natural history of bald eagles and their nesting success at the Pinery Narrows.

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

First Responder
Participants will learn Citizen CPR (hands-only); First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.

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

  • Saturday, August 22, 2015
  • Sunday, May 31, 2015

To register, contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email volunteer@forcvnp.org. Registration is open until we reach capacity or three business days before the scheduled course.

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

  • Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m. Register Now
  • Wednesday, March 18, 9 - 11 a.m. Register Now
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m. Register Now

    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

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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