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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 The Polar Express™ Children’s Holiday Train

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Date: August 30, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Contact: Kelly Steele-Moore,, 330-657-1915

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) are seeking volunteers to spread holiday cheer aboard The Polar Express™. This holiday program is based on Chris Van Allsburg's enchanting book The Polar Express™, a young boy's trip to the North Pole.

Children, clad in pajamas, board the train in Akron or Independence and travel through Cuyahoga Valley National Park to hear the story of The Polar Express™, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and sing carols on their way to the North Pole. Through the train's windows, children see holiday characters, the silhouettes of elves hard at work, and Santa!

Volunteers are needed to BE Santa, read the story, assist in creating a festive atmosphere in the car, serve cookies and hot cocoa, and more. Training will be provided. Be a part of this holiday tradition that creates lasting memories for children of northeast Ohio from Thursday, November 17 through Tuesday, December 20 (except November 23 and 24). For more information or to volunteer, contact Park Ranger Pamela Machuga at 330-657-1914 or e-mail us.

CVSR is a private sector, not-for-profit 501 (c)(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. CVSR is celebrating its 39th year of providing passenger rail service through the Cuyahoga Valley. Numerous excursions and special events are offered throughout the year including wine-tasting excursions, The Polar Express ™, Steam in the Valley and more. Tickets can be purchased in advance and more information gathered at www.CVSR.com.

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.

-NPS-

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Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.