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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 »

Volunteers Needed for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Programs

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Date: January 6, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 4400-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service is seeking enthusiastic volunteers interested in sharing the wonders of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) with riders aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR). Volunteers must be outgoing, reliable, friendly, and have a willingness to learn. Training will be provided for these exciting volunteer opportunities.

Rail Rovers - Climb aboard CVSR and visit with passengers as they journey through CVNP. Distribute brochures, share information about the valley, and answer questions as you enjoy this historic railroad. Hours are flexible.

Student Explorer Program - Retired teachers and those who love working with children are needed to educate students about the resources of CVNP. Programs involve hands-on activities and riding the train through the national park. Volunteers must be available weekday mornings.

Canal Camp - Retired teachers and those who love working with children are needed to educate students about the resources of CVNP. Assist in the operation of a historic lock, participate in historic games, and enjoy a train ride. Volunteers must be available weekday mornings during the summer.

Contact Park Ranger Pamela Machuga at 330-657-1914 or e-mail us for more information regarding these opportunities.

CVSR is a private sector, not-for-profit 501 ©(3) volunteer supported organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and along the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. Scenic train excursions are offered twelve months of the year, along with a variety of special events, including The Polar Express™, Day Out With Thomas™, wine-tasting and beer tasting excursions, Bike Aboard!, and more.

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 800-445-9667.

-NPS-

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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".