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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 »

National Park Service Seeks National Public Lands Day Volunteers on September 29

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Date: September 18, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Contact: Lisa Meranti, Conservancy,, 330-657-2364

National Public Lands Day volunteers plant trees.
Photo by NPS/Ted Toth.

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

Brecksville, Ohio - Be part of a nationwide day of service! The National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park want your help in habitat restoration and trail repair on Saturday, September 29 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Sponsored by The North Face - Woodmere, this half-day long event is part of National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is a nationwide effort that promotes stewardship and enhancement of America's public lands coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Volunteers can choose from two projects in CVNP:

  • Planting 2,000 trees and shrubs to help restore native habitat (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.);
  • Repairing and improving a bridle trail (a more strenuous physical activity, with the option to volunteer through 3:30 p.m.)

Volunteers will receive a fee free pass for a federal public land area that has entrance fees (single-use pass), and giveaways and a chance for a $100 gift card from The North Face - Woodmere.

Advance registration is required to volunteer@forcvnp.org or 330-657-2299 by September 26. Meeting location is given upon registration. If you would like to register a group of up to 10 participants, please call 330-657-2296 for more information. Ages 7 and up with parent or guardian supervision. Tools provided. Wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather.

Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch and ice cream (available for purchase at Trail Mix Boston). There will be games, kids activities, and displays about the TRAILS FOREVER program from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Trail Mix Boston is located at 1565 Boston Mills Road in Peninsula, 44264. 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 5,700 VIPs donate over 154,800 hours to provide the highest level of quality services to park visitors and to help protect America's heritage.

To join these volunteers in making a difference at CVNP, contact the volunteer office at volunteer@forcvnp.org, 330-657-2299, or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org. Many opportunities are available and training is provided.

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.

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

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Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.