• Image of bluebells in the spring

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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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 »

Habitat Restoration

HABITAT RESTORATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Help preserve biodiversity in your national park!

Sign Up:
Advance registration is recommended; and required if you are with a group of five (5) or more. To register, contact the volunteer office at 330-657-2299 or
volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Things to know before you come:

  • Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants (preferably jeans), and sturdy shoes or boots (must be closed toe). Bring your completed Volunteer Agreement Form, full water bottle, work gloves, snack, hat, and sunscreen.
  • We will provide work gloves, safety glasses, and all necessary tools, and supplies. Instruction and safety guidelines will be provided on-site.
  • Meet at the listed "Meeting Location" at the start time - instructions will be provided, and then the crew will hike to project site together.
  • All participants must follow safety guidelines.
  • Projects are rain or shine, with exception to thunderstorms and lightning.

 
Removing multiflora rose.

Photo by NPS/Arrye Rosser

Remove Invasive Plants
Use hand tools (loppers and saws) to remove invasive shrubs, such as honeysuckle and autumn olive, and pile the cut vegetation. Ages 10 and up with parent or guardian supervision. Ages 16 and up with a parent or guardian-signed Volunteer Agreement. Groups welcome; if more than 5 in your group, advance registration is required.

2014 Schedule

  • Thursday, May 8, 1 - 4 p.m., at Station Road Bridge Trailhead
  • Thursday, June 12, 1 - 4 p.m., at Lock 29 Trailhead
  • Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. - noon, at Station Road Bridge Trailhead
  • Thursday, July 10, 1 - 4 p.m., TBD
  • Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. - noon, TBD
  • Thursday, August 14, 1 - 4 p.m., TBD
  • Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. - noon, TBD
  • Thursday, September 11, 1 - 4 p.m., TBD
  • Thursday, October 9, 1 - 4 p.m., TBD

Station Road Bridge Trailhead is located at 13513 Station Road, 1/8 mile south of SR 82, Brecksville 44141.

Lock 29 Trailhead is located at 1650 Mill Street, Peninsula 44264.


 
Photo by Dedee O'Neil

Photo by Dedee O'Neil

Collect Seeds from Native Plants
Participate with a small-sized crew to collect seeds from native plants. Project includes a short, off-trail hike. Groups and families with kids welcome. If more than 5 in your group, advance registration is required so we can check availability.

2014 Schedule

  • Thursday, September 4
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Thursday, October 2
  • Thursday, October 16

 
Volunteers planting trees.

Photo by NPS/Peter Wilson

Plant Trees and Native Vegetation
Help restore CVNP's native habitat by planting trees, shrubs, and other native vegetation. Ages 7 and up with parent or guardian supervision. Ages 16 and up with a parent or guardian-signed Volunteer Agreement. Advance registration is required for planting projects to volunteer@forcvnp.org or 330-657-2299. Click on the event names for more information.

2014 Schedule
Please check back for our 2014 projects.

Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.