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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 »

New Children’s Activity Book about Great Lakes Released

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Date: July 12, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell),

GL Jr Ranger Handbook Cover

Brecksville, Ohio - The the National Park Service has unveiled the Great Lakes Junior Ranger Activity Book and badge. "This book is designed to teach children the importance of Great Lakes ecosystems and the science used to study them," said Carmen Chapin, Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team Coordinator. "When we learn about the threats to the lakes, such as invasive species or mercury pollution, we also learn how to better protect these important resources."

The National Park Service Junior Ranger motto is Explore, Learn, Protect. The activity book can be downloaded on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/cuva/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm. To redeem your badge, return completed activity book to Cuyahoga Valley National Park's visitor centers:

 Boston Store Visitor Center - 1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264

 Canal Visitor Center - 7104 Canal Road, intersection of Canal and Hillside roads, Valley View 44125

 Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center - 2054 Bolanz Road, between Riverview and Akron Peninsula roads, Peninsula 44264

The Great Lakes Junior Ranger activity book is a part of a larger educational effort by the National Park Service and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. There are 397 national parks, 15 are on or near the Great Lakes.

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.

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Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."