• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Towpath Trail Closure

    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. More »

  • 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 »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Volunteer Training

CVNP VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK

The volunteer handbook is designed as a reference and guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and our Volunteers-in-Parks Program. Download your copy of the CVNP Volunteer Handbook.

Addendums to the CVNP Volunteer Handbook:
-Updates and Corrections
-Volunteer Safety Training Appendix
-Uniform Policy
-Uniforms Provided (Listed by Volunteer Position)


CVNP VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m. to noon
Location given upon registration

Want to volunteer in your national park? Attend this classroom-style orientation to learn more about CVNP and the Volunteers-in-Parks Program. Complete within your first six months of volunteering, but it is not required before you get started. For details and to register, contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email volunteer@forcvnp.org.


VOLUNTEER ENRICHMENT SERIES (Free; No pre-registration)
Second Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Happy Days Lodge (unless otherwise noted)

Get the latest scoop about hot topics from park and community experts! This series will help you excel as a park steward. Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and lectures are from 7 - 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. You may bring a guest. Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), 1 mile west of SR 8, Peninsula 44264.

Topics and Speakers:

Tuesday, August 12
Farming in the Valley
(Park Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko)
Here in Cuyahoga Valley, farmers understood their connection to the land, a connection that started thousands of years ago and continues today, a connection the Germans called, "talschaft." Interpretive Park Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko will discuss how this connection to the land also connected the valley to the national story of agriculture and the economy.

Tuesday, September 9
Old Growth Autumn Secrets*
(Park Ranger Paul Motts)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the upland forests as when the pioneers first arrived? Here is your chance to venture into one of the very few remaining Ohio old growth forests to unveil some key secrets of the autumn season. Come prepared for a 1.5-mile hike on the unpaved Plateau Trail.

*This enrichment Series program will go end at 8:30 p.m. and we will me meeting at Oak Hill Trailhead, located at 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula 44264.

Tuesday, October 14
Exploring the Night Sky
(Education Technician Phil Molnar)
Join us for an evening under the stars! Cuyahoga Valley National Park can be a great place to observe and learn about the night sky. Come prepared to be outside.

Tuesday, November 11 - to be determined
Tuesday, December 9. Note: The Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m.


TRAINING IN SAFETY (Free)
First Responder
Participants will learn Citizen CPR (hands-only); First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.

Saturday, November 22, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

CPR/AED/First Aid
Participants will learn Full CPR for children, adults, and infants; AED; First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.

Sunday, November 23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

To register, contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email volunteer@forcvnp.org. Registration is open until we reach capacity or three business days before the scheduled course.

All CVNP volunteers are invited to attend. CVNP volunteers required to attend have first priority, everyone else will be placed on a waiting list. Find the updated safety requirements by volunteer position in the Volunteer Safety Training Appendix.


TRAINING IN INTERPRETATION (Free)

Foundations of Interpretation
Dates to be announced
This class can also be taken online for free. Please scroll to "Online Training" for more information.

Designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory and practice of interpretation, the course is ideal for volunteers who are communicating to visitors the stories of the park.

Informal Interpretation
Dates to be announced

This course captures the spontaneous types of interactions interpreters have with visitors, whether informational or interpretive. Foundations of Interpretation is a pre-requisite for this course.

ONLINE TRAINING (Free)
Online training courses are available through the Eppley Institute. Click on the course names below for more information:

If you take an online course, please send your certificate of completion to the volunteer office at volunteer@forcvnp.org or fax it to 330-657-2381.

*To receive the discount code for classes that have a fee, contact Park Ranger Josh Bates at 330-657-2350 or e-mail us. This is an option if your volunteer position requires training in interpretation and you are not available to take the class when it is offered in the park.


PARK AMBASSADOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

Park Ambassadors are responsible for providing excellent visitor services at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To ensure volunteers have the knowledge base, all Park Ambassadors will be required to attend a total of two interpretive programs/trainings per year. And, all Hike Assistants are required to hike four different additional trails per year while not on duty as a Hike Assistant.

Please track these programs and hikes on the Park Ambassador Continuing Education Form. Return the form to volunteer@forcvnp.org.

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.