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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 »

Park Ranger Josh Bates Wins Regional Freeman Tilden Award

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Date: September 28, 2012
Contact: Mary pat Doorley, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Park Ranger Josh Bates
Park Ranger Josh Bates

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service is proud to announce Park Ranger Josh Bates as the Freeman Tilden award recipient for the Midwest Region. He will now compete in the nationals and the award will be announced at the National Association for Interpretation annual conference in Virginia in mid-November, 2012.

Josh was recognized for his work as the first volunteer liaison/service-learning coordinator for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He successfully launched a new program that engaged middle school-to-college aged youth in the park, age groups that were underserved by other park programs. Josh designed program formats, formed relations with partner schools, managed complicated program logistics, and skillfully engaged youth in the program. From January 2011 through June of 2012, Josh worked with 1547 students and 344 adults with an average of seven contact hours each. Through his programs, he engaged students in learning and stewardship through the removal of invasive plants, creating butterfly gardens, building a hoop house, and planting trees.

The Freeman Tilden Award is the highest award presented to an individual National Park Service interpreter. The award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of interpretation and education by an NPS employee. The award was created to stimulate and reward creative thinking and original program/project activity among NPS interpreters which, when delivered, results in positive impacts upon the preservation of the parks and the visiting public. Freeman Tilden championed interpretation in the National Park Service and was one of the first people to set down the principles and theories of interpretation.

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.


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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.