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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 »

Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day 2013 at Your National Park

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Date: April 15, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio - On Saturday, April 20, 2013 celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) with a day full of FREE programs and special events. The National Park Service (NPS) sponsors the Junior Ranger program to help children explore and discover their national parks. Through park-specific activities, children learn about the special places preserved by NPS and in turn become "Junior Rangers" to help protect these areas for the future.

Child-friendly activities and games will be on going from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Ledges Shelter in Peninsula. Enjoy cake and ice cream, visit station activities, and have fun with other Junior Rangers! Participants can earn a Junior Ranger badge by attending any of the day's programs and activities and/or completing the Junior Ranger Handbook activities or Junior Ranger, Jr. activity cards. Junior Rangers that have badges from other parks are encouraged to wear them. We will award prizes for the most badges and patches, the youngest and oldest Junior Rangers, and more! A Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Ledges Shelter is located at Truxell/ Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264.

In addition to the activities and swearing-in ceremony at Happy Days Lodge, there are two other free Junior Ranger programs on Saturday, April 20:

Bring on the Bugs
Explore an upland forest with Park Ranger Mike Kosmos in search of bugs that call this community home. Free. For ages 7 - 12. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Junior Ranger, Jr.: Amazing Air
What is all around us, but something we can't see? We'll investigate things that fly and the amazing properties of air through hands-on exploration, play, and art. Free. For ages 4 - 6. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Space is limited and registration is necessary for these two events. A parent or guardian is required to attend programs with participating children. To register, call 800- 642-3297 ext. 100. Locations provided when registering.

Other Free Junior Ranger Spring Family Programs:

Saturday, May 11
Dirt Rocks
What's all the fuss about dirt? Come make mud pies and search for the creatures that call the forest floor home. Get your hands dirty as we uncover the truth about soil. For ages 4 - 6. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 18
Rambling Along the River
Become a water quality scientist on RiverDay. Take a walk along the Towpath Trail, put on goggles and gloves, and test the Cuyahoga's water. For ages 7 - 12. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Program locations are given upon registration. A parent or guardian is required to attend programs with participating children. To register call 330-657-2796 ext. 100.

CVNP 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 www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.


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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.