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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 »

We’re Turning 96!

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Date: August 23, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

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Brecksville, Ohio- Cuyahoga Valley National Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service by holding special events at visitor centers on Saturday, August 25. Stop by Boston Store Visitor Center where our Junior Ranger Ambassador Pya Langley will be piloting the new Junior Ranger Handbook activities. Ongoing, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center, enjoy outdoor music by Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer. Junior Rangers can try on various ranger uniforms and historic costumes, enjoy craft activities and games, and pick up activity books for Junior Ranger programs in paleontology and the Great Lakes. First 50 party goers will get a cup cake! Ongoing, from 1 - 3 p.m.

A full list of activities is at www.nps.gov/cuva.

"Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone, especially the children of America, to join the party," said Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Stan Austin. "National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone - so visit the park, wander a trail, take in the scenery, or listen to our local music. Children especially enjoy the popular Junior Ranger program where they work towards a badge by taking part in kid-friendly activities."

The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 397 national parks throughout the country - each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark.

The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. To see what we do here in Ohio, go to www.nps.gov/OH.

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Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.