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Volunteers Needed in 2014 for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Programs

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Date: January 14, 2014
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, National Park Service, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Contact: Lisa Meranti, Conservancy for CVNP, 330-657-2364

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program
Building a Community of Park Stewards

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, year-round.

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, March - May.

Canal Camp – Enthusiastic college students 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.

For more information contact Park Ranger Pamela Machuga by Friday, January 31, at 330-657-1914 or e-mail us. Interviews will be scheduled for either Sunday, February 2 or Monday, February 3.

About the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) Program CVNP’s VIP program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Together, they accomplish park goals through mutually beneficial volunteer experiences and engage people in the park, building a community of park stewards. Currently, more than 6,300 VIPs donate more than 209,000 hours to provide the highest level of quality services to park visitors and to help protect America’s heritage. To join these volunteers in making a difference at CVNP, contact the volunteer office at volunteer@forcvnp.org, 330-657-2299, or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org. Many opportunities are available and training is provided.

About Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad 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. For more information about the railroad, visit www.CVSR.com.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park 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 call 330-657-2752.

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Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.