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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 »

Childhood Adventures

Young girl and cow.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society
 
Helping out at Spicy Lamb Farm.

Helping out at The Spicy Lamb Farm.

NPS/Ted Toth

Imagine waking up to a rooster's crow, crawling from your bed, and entering a chilly barn to milk cows. As the sun rises higher, it's time to get dressed and walk to school. In the afternoon, your mother gives you extra chores: gathering eggs, churning butter, cleaning the barn, washing dishes, or other needed tasks. In the evening, you play horseshoes with your brothers and sisters before gathering around the dinner table to enjoy your mother's famous cooking.

Outside of these routines, children on the farm found exciting adventures in the surrounding landscape. Fields, hills, and streams transformed into imaginary lands that offered places to play and explore. Friends invented new games with ropes, hay, or whatever materials were available. Despite many responsibilities on the farm, children enjoyed their freedom, escaping outdoors to their favorite locations.

Click the links to learn about how children balanced Doing Chores, Going to School, and Having Fun. In Animal Stories, hear how valley residents lived, worked, and played with farm animals.

Did You Know?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.