• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

Volunteer Training

CVNP VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK
The Volunteer Handbook is designed as a reference and guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and our Volunteers-in-Parks Program. The Handbook was updated October 2014 and we invite you to devote special attention to the updated uniform (pg 14), workers' compensation (pg 29), and training (pg 34;66) sections. Click here to download your copy of the 2014 CVNP Volunteer Handbook.

Addendums to the CVNP Volunteer Handbook:
- Uniform Policy
Click here to download the Uniform Policy.

- Injury and Workers' Compensation Policy for Volunteers
Click here to download the Workers' Compensation Policy.


CVNP VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Location given upon registration

  • Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, November 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (designed for current volunteers)
  • Tuesday, December 2, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to noon

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, November 11
Volunteer Naturalist: Sharing the Wonders of the Natural World
(Stacey Heffernan, Director of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center)
Come find out about a program in which you will learn about local natural history from regional experts - topics ranging from geology and botany to Ohio birds and mammals and wetlands. The course allows like-minded adults to don field clothes, hip boots or sturdy hiking boots to wade through wetlands, visit natural areas closed to the general public, hunt for salamanders and discover nature's secrets. Learn how to become an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist!

Tuesday, December 9
Catching Up with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
(Craig Tallman, President &CEO of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad)
Join us for an evening with the President &CEO of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Craig Tallman, as we look back on the year and begin looking ahead to 2015 and beyond!

Note: This 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.