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    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 Pamela Machuga Receives National Interpreter Award

Park Ranger Pamela Machuga
Park Ranger Pamela Machuga
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Date: November 8, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio – Park Ranger Pamela Machuga received the National Master Frontline Interpreter award on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference in Reno, Nevada. She was nominated for the award by Ray Novotny, Naturalist at Ford Nature Center, Mill Creek MetroParks, in Canfield, Ohio.

"We are very proud of Pam and this prestigious award from the National Association for Interpretation. Pam continually strives for interpretive excellence in her public programming. Her programs connect park visitors with stories of the valley and through her work Pam inspires people to love their national park," said Paul Stoehr, Acting Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Through creative and diverse cultural programs, interpretive projects, volunteer supervision, partnerships, and coaching, spanning more than two decades, Pamela Machuga has distinguished herself at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Pamela has created programming for all ages such as the "Deer’s Ears" pre-school program, the Junior Ranger Program, and Canal Camps. All of her programs highlight the incredible natural, cultural and historical features of the CVNP. Her "Student Explorers" program is presented to over 8,000 students annually and highlights the role of the Underground Railroad in the region. Pamela has authored numerous site bulletins, participated in the creation of the Cuyahoga Valley Audio Tour (a NAI Media Award Winner), serves on the Regional Lead Coaching Team for the National Park Service, and has been honored as the Midwest recipient of the Freeman Tilden Award.

Pam Machuga is a resident of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

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.