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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 »

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Selected As 2012 National Park Foundation America’s Best Idea Grant Recipient

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Date: June 26, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, (440) 546-5995
Contact: Marjorie Hall, NPF, (202) 354-6480

National Park Foundation

Brecksville, Ohio - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has been selected as one of 49 national parks participating in the 2012 America's Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the America's Best Idea grant program funds park projects designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.

"We are proud to provide the much needed support to create unique opportunities for all Americans to personally connect with their national parks," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "The America's Best Idea grants are often the catalyst for extraordinary experiences that develop into lifelong relationships with our national parks for the program participants."

"The National Park Foundation funding will allow us to implement an innovative program that meets education goals while also introducing Cuyahoga Valley National Park to a new audience," said Stan Austin, park superintendent. "Our project is a collaborative effort with the park's friends group, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Akron Public Schools. Through this project, we will be able to model a program that shows how parks can play a role in summer learning."

Cuyahoga Valley National Park received this award for the Environmental Education Academy for Akron Public School Students. This innovative program, now in its second year, will serve up to 100 at-risk children entering ninth grade at four Akron Public School high schools.

The students will come to the park for an immersive experience that enhances math, science, and literacy skills, as well as builds confidence to make the transition to high school and successfully complete ninth grade. The program includes a two-week summer session (June 18 - 22 and June 25 - 29, 2012) and three return trips to the park during the 2012 - 2013 school year for additional activities. Students who successfully complete the program will earn .5 academic credit for their high school transcripts and up to 10 students will be hired as Junior Counselors for the 2013 summer program. The Environmental Education Academy for Akron Public School Students will also introduce CVNP to this group of youth who may never have experienced a national park.

For a full listing of participating parks and program descriptions, visit the National Park Foundation website www.nationalparks.org/our-work/programs/americas-best-idea.

The National Park Foundation and CVNP wish to thank L.L. Bean, DISNEY, the Anschutz Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation for their generous support of the America's Best Idea program.

For more information on the National Park Foundation or how you can support and protect America's national parks, visit www.nationalparks.org.

For more information about CVNP visit www.nps.gov/cuva. For more information about the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

About the National Park Foundation. You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world's most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America's nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org


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Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.