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Volunteer Park Ambassador Program

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Date: January 20, 2011
Contact: Jamie Walters, 330-657-2142

Lock Demonstration Volunteers
Historic canal lock interpreters at Canal Visitor Center

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association

Peninsula, Ohio - Do you have a passion for sharing your enthusiasm with others? If you are a Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) user and have an interest in learning more about the park and sharing it with others, then becoming a Park Ambassador volunteer may be for you. Park Ambassadors volunteer in CVNP and have direct and regular interaction with visitors.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of the groups listed below you are invited to an orientation session on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. OR Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 7:00 - 8 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), Peninsula 44264. Please R.S.V.P to Shelby Lewis at volunteer@cvnpa.org. Volunteer applications will be available at the event.

  • Peninsula Depot Visitor Center Assistants
  • SET Team (Special Event Team) (assisting with parking, refreshment sales, ticketing and greeting visitors)
  • Park Promoters (staff tables at off-site and park events, i.e. Heron Day, EarthFest, and Parade the Circle)
  • Conservancy Store volunteers including Park Place in Peninsula or Trail Mix
  • Speaker’s Bureau
  • Historic Canal Lock Demonstration Operators and Interpreters
  • Farmers’ Market Volunteers
  • Invader Persuaders (educating the public on invasive plant issues)
  • Superintendent’s Office, Front Desk Office Assistant

Park Ambassadors must have the ability to start conversation and advocate for the park and park partners, be able to stand for extended periods of time, and have some availability on weekends and summer holidays. Strong communication skills and comfort with public speaking is required for some of the positions. Two to eight hours per month time commitment is preferred.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association 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 CVNPA and its membership program visit www.cvnpa.org or call (330) 657-2909

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information about the park, 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?

Historic photo of canal boat on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".