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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 »

Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek Youth Green Team Camp in the Park

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Date: July 31, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, (440) 546-5995 or cell (440) 343-7355

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service will host 12 youth and staff from the Groundwork Cincinnati/ Mill Creek organization for an overnight camping trip from Tuesday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 1 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek began as the Mill Creek Restoration Project in 1994, and became the newest Groundwork trust in June 2012. Its mission is to serve as catalyst for developing sustainability in the Mill Creek watershed through community-based planning and empowerment, environmental education, and economically sound ecological restoration. Groundwork trusts are non-profit organizations established across the United States in partnership with the US EPA & the National Park Service in places that have experienced decades of decline in their physical and social environments. Their missions are to foster and awaken the potential of these neighborhoods by working with communities to improve their physical environment.

The Green Team is a youth employment program focusing on environmental and conservation job skills in their own communities, and includes a chance to explore and learn about their national parks, in this case, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The campers will participate in a service project focused on invasive plant removal; tour the butterfly and kitchen gardens at the Environmental Education Center; experience an evening hike to the Beaver Marsh; camp at Stanford Backcountry Campsites; and a bike tour on the Towpath Trail with the Bike Aboard!

Assistance in planning this trip was provided by the Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program, a National Park Service community outreach program that has worked closely with Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek over the past two years. For more information about RTCA contact Andrea Irland at e-mail us or (330) 657-2378.

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 or 800-257-9477.


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.