• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Picnic Area Park Lot CLosed - Plateau Trail Loop Affected

    Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.

  • Other Closures

    Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. 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. Youths aged 10 to 15 welcomed but require parent or guardian supervision at the project site. Unsupervised youths aged 16 and 17 require a completed Volunteer Agreement signed by parent or guardian. Groups welcomed; if more than 5 in your group, advance registration is required."

2014 Schedule

  • Thursday, August 14, 1 - 4 p.m., Happy Days Lodge
  • Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. - noon, Pine Lane Trailhead
  • Thursday, September 11, 1 - 4 p.m., Pine Lane Trailhead
  • Thursday, October 9, 1 - 4 p.m., Pine Lane Trailhead

Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 W. Streetsboro Road (SR 303), Peninsula 44264 (meet at the north lot).

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

Pine Lane Trailhead is located at 1281 Pine Lane, Peninsula 44264 (off SR 303, 1/2 mile east of Akron Peninsula Road).

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


 
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?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.