Cuyahoga Valley National Park Seeking Trailblazers

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Date: November 9, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Contact: Lisa Meranti, Conservancy, 330-657-2364

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program Building a Community of Park Stewards

Peninsula, Ohio - The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to be part of the hike, bike, ski, and horse patrol group called Trailblazers at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Trailblazers assist interpretive and protection rangers by providing information, basic first aid, and bike maintenance to visitors on the multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and over 100 miles of hiking trails in CVNP.

Candidates must be available for a 27-hour initial training, 40-hour annual time commitment, and willing to provide first aid and CPR. The training includes park orientation, first aid and CPR, radio communication, and orientation sessions with experienced Trailblazers. The training requirements need to be completed between February - April 2013.

An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula, Ohio. Registration is not needed to attend.

Volunteer applications are being accepted until Monday, January 7, 2013. Apply online at For more information, contact or 330-657-2299.

About the Volunteers-in-Parks Program

CVNP's VIP program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Together, they accomplish park goals through mutually beneficial volunteer experiences and engage people in the park, building a community of park stewards. Currently more than 5,900 VIPs donate over 202,400 hours to provide the highest level of quality services to park visitors and to help protect America's heritage.

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit or call 330-657-2909.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit or call 330-657-2752.

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