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 »
CVNP VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK
CVNP VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Registration is recommended, but not required; contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER ENRICHMENT SERIES (Free; No pre-registration)
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:
The Smartphone Invasion: How Might Smartphone Use Relate to the National Park Experience?
*Tonight, we invite you to remember VIP Janet Hutchison, who was a dedicated volunteer and advocate for CVNP, before the enrichment, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
TRAINING IN SAFETY (Free)
Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Saturday, May 31, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or
To register, contact the volunteer office at (330) 657-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is open until we reach capacity or three business days before the scheduled course.
TRAINING IN INTERPRETATION (Free)
Foundations of Interpretation
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.
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)
If you take an online course, please send your certificate of completion to the volunteer office at email@example.com 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.
Did You Know?
Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.