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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 »

Experience Diverse Holiday Traditions In A Natural Setting

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Date: November 15, 2011
Contact: Ralph J. Davila, APR, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Festival Of Lights_Tim Fenner
NPS/TIM FENNER

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Peninsula, Ohio (Tuesday, November 15, 2011) - The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be lighting up the holiday season at its annual favorite, Festival of Lights. The event promotes awareness for the numerous holiday, winter solstice and end-of-year traditions celebrated by cultures from across the globe.

Guests will enjoy dinner catered by Executive Chef Larkin Rogers before taking a stroll through candle-lit woods to sample a variety of solstice and holiday traditions. The stroll through Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center's campus will present an assortment of seasonal celebrations with demonstrations, crafts and desserts being provided. Holidays being celebrated include Christmas, Diwali, Soyal, Jankanu, Loy Krathong, Chanukah, Koroksun, and the Yule Log among others.

The Festival of Lights will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2011, at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.

Guests have the option of a 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. dinner. Reservations are required as seating is limited. The cost is $25 per person ages 12 and older, $20 Conservancy members, $7 for children ages five through 11. There is no charge for children ages four and under. For more information and to register call (800) 642-3297 ext.100.

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center is located at 3675 Oak Hill Road in Peninsula 44264.

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 www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2909.

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.