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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

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Date: October 30, 2013
Contact: Ashley Davenport, Polar Express Coordinator, 330-657-2000 ext. 236

CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD
PO Box 158 Peninsula, OH
44264 800-468-4070

Peninsula, OH - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is 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™, about 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. At the North Pole, through the train’s windows, children see holiday characters, elves hard at work . . . and Santa!

Volunteers are needed to play Santa and the elves who will read the story, assist in creating a festive atmosphere, 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 Friday, November 15th through Saturday, December 21st (except November 27th and 28th).

Those interested can complete the online volunteer agreement at www.cvsr.com/volunteer.aspx  to receive details to volunteer or call the Polar Express Hotline at 800- 468-4070 x 236.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is a private sector, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) volunteer supported organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. CVSR has been providing excursion rail service for 41 years. For more information about the railroad, visit www.CVSR.com .

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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."