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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 RiverDay 2011

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Date: May 17, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Contact: Ralph Davila, APR, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Girl Scout helps to clean up the Cuyahoga River on RiverDay
©SARA GUREN

Brecksville, Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are seeking energetic volunteers to help clean up the Cuyahoga River watershed in celebration of the 21st Annual RiverDay from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. This event commemorates the 42 nd anniversary of the infamous burning of the Cuyahoga River and is part of the Friends of the Crooked River’s RiverDay 2011. For more information on the other sites in RiverDay 2011, visit www.cuyahogariver.net or call 330-328-3909.

Volunteers will meet at a central location in Peninsula at 8 a.m. with projects ending at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive directions for their project site, assemble into crews, and carpool or drive separately to the site. Participants will help manage populations of Japanese Knotweed and remove trash from four project sites in the Cuyahoga River watershed.

To register or for more information, contact Volunteer Program Assistant Shelby Lewis at 330-657-2296, or slewis@cvnpa.org. Registration closes on Thursday, May 19. Visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org (search by keyword "RiverDay") for more details. Meeting location will be given upon registration.

Volunteers are required to dress in work clothes with long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy boots. It is recommended that volunteers bring a filled water bottle. CVNP and the Conservancy will provide water, gloves, safety glasses, and a light breakfast. Bagels and coffee are provided through the generous support of Bruegger’s (Stow) and Starbucks (Akron). Volunteers will also receive a ticket voucher for two (2) Upper Box or two (2) Mezzanine tickets to a 2011 Cleveland Indians game, courtesy of Business Volunteers Unlimited and the Cleveland Indians.

Volunteers must be at least 10 years old, accompanied by an adult, and have a signed Volunteer Agreement Form, provided by the park. The form can be found on www.conservancyforcvnp.org (search by keyword "RiverDay").

Other RiverDay activities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park include a 9 a.m. strenuous hike with a ranger, a 9:30 a.m. Junior Ranger program, and a 1:30 p.m. ranger program on water testing and monitoring. For more information on these activities, call 330-657-2752 or download the RiverDay flier from www.cuyahogariver.net.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn about volunteer opportunities please visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call 330-657-2296.

-NPS-

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Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."