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Summer Fun Includes a Picnic, Lawn Games, and Tales Around the Campfire

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Date: June 9, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio – Every summer people gather around national park campfires to hear the stories of America. This summer Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) offers an opportunity to make memories for your family on select Mondays at the Ledges Shelter. Family activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a campfire starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner. Play games on the lawn, enjoy a campfire (indoors during inclement weather) and share some good old-fashioned campfire tales. Afterwards, take a hike to the Ledges Overlook for a beautiful sunset. Alcohol is prohibited.

Scheduled Campfires

Monday, June 13
Who’s Out There?
Gather round to hear the stories about nocturnal animals that call Cuyahoga Valley National Park home.

Monday, June 27
Coyote the Trickster
Coyote is on trial for being a trickster; join the jury as we explore coyotes through American Indian Storytelling.

Monday, July 11
Silly Songs and Stories
Silly campfire stories and songs will make this a night of fun that you’ll never forget.

Monday, July 25
Discover Bats
Explore what new with Cuyahoga Valley National Parks bat population through games and activities.

Monday, August 8
American Indian Night Legends
Tales of the Night will captive your imagination as storytellers weave their magic sharing American Indian stories around our campfire.

Monday, August 22
Men Behind the Myths
What do Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Davy Crockett have in common? Join us to explore the facts and myths behind these and other legendary individuals.

Ledges Shelter is located on Truxell/Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264.

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 www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.


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Did You Know?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.