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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 »

Program Helps Girl Scouts Earn Badges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Date: February 17, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Bucheit, Conservancy, 330-657-2796 ext. 117
Contact: Ralph J. Davila, Conservancy, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Peninsula, Ohio (Friday, February 7, 2012) - The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Environmental Education Center (EEC) will be hosting two separate weekends for Girl Scouts that will help them earn badges while learning and exploring in a national park setting.

Troops will hike, practice survival skills, and learn about Northeast Ohio's plants and animals to complete work towards new Girl Scout Journey Badges. Badge categories include Camper, Gardener, and Animal Habitats. Evening activities include a staff-led night hike with campfire and a "make-it, take-it" spa night. The program will take place Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 or Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20.

Environmental Education Coordinator Jennifer Bucheit, who is in her fifth year of organizing the annual event, always enjoys working with a new group of Girl Scouts to help them earn badges.

She commented, "This is a great opportunity for scouts to meet other girls from neighboring troops and councils. It is a chance for troops to bond in comfortable and convenient settings, while working towards earning badges. I can't wait for the smiles and laughs that always accompany the Girl Scouts."

To learn more about the weekend or to register, please call 330-657-2796 ext. 100 or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org. Pre-registration is required for this event.

The EEC is co-managed by the Conservancy for CVNP and National Park Service.

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.

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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.