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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 »

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 06/13/2013, 06/17/2013, 06/19/2013, 06/22/2013, 06/25/2013, 06/27/2013, 07/10/2013, 07/12/2013, 07/17/2013, 07/19/2013, 07/27/2013, 08/01/2013, 08/02/2013, 08/05/2013

    Location: Various Locations | Map Fee Information: See description Contact Name: Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center Contact Phone Number: 800-642-3297 ext. 100

Kids ages 7 - 12 attending two programs earn a CVNP Junior Ranger badge—four programs earn a patch. Program locations are given upon registration. Fee: $8 per child, $5 Conservancy members (unless otherwise noted). A parent or guardian is required to attend programs with participating children; no charge for adults except on train programs. To register call 800-642-3297 ext. 100.

Thursdays, June 13 or August 1, or Wednesday, July 17
Ledges Ramble
Explore the nooks and crannies above, below, and between enormous blocks of rock. Learn to use a GPS unit to find your way. Wear sturdy shoes for this easy 1.8-mile trail exploration. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, June 17 or Tuesday, June 25
Leave It to Beavers
Take a closer look at the life of a beaver. Discover how these animals can change a habitat to create a new one. We’ll take a hike to search for signs of beaver activity. 6 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19 or Friday, July 19
Ultimate Junior Ranger Challenge
Race against time as you compete in a series of challenges that test your outdoor skills. See if you have what it takes to be called the Ultimate Junior Ranger! 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays, June 22 or July 27, or Monday, August 5
Rambling Along the River
Become a water quality scientist and get to know the crooked river. Take a walk along the towpath, put on goggles and gloves, and test the water. Be on the lookout for some of the river’s inhabitants. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 27
Exploring the Underground Railroad Aboard CVSR
Join our costumed characters as we explore the hopes, fears, pains, and joys of escaped slaves traveling to freedom along the Underground Railroad. The program will take place on and off the train. Pack a lunch and dress for the weather. For ages 10 - 12. Fee: $15 per child, $12 Conservancy members, $6 additional passengers. 11:15 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10 or Friday, August 2
Twilight Bat Flight
Eavesdrop on the ultrasonic calls of these fascinating fliers as we take an evening hike with special detectors to a longtime roost. Learn about the role of bats in the environment and the newest threat that faces them. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12
All About Owls
Whooooo are we? We like to eat small mammals and are most active at night. Give up? Join a park ranger to learn about owls’ nocturnal habits and dissect owl pellets to discover their favorite foods. 6 - 8 p.m.