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    Cuyahoga Valley

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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 »

Volunteer Training


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)

Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. - noon
Thursday, May 1, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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. The orientations on March 1 and May 1 will be held at Happy Days Lodge, located at 500 W. Streetsboro Rd. in Peninsula, 44264. The orientation on July 17 will be held at a smaller venue, so please register in advance for this date.

Registration is recommended, but not required; 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:

Exotic Plant Management Team: More Than Just Pulling Weeds
Tuesday, March 11
-Biological Technician Andrew Bishop
Find out how staff and volunteers are controlling non-native invasive plants and restoring habitat both at CVNP and beyond. From successes to lessons learned, this program will showcase all that has been accomplished over the past four years and outline work for the future.

The Civilian Conservation Corps
Tuesday, April 8
-Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, Professor and Chair, History
During the Depression, the public work relief program known as The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made many contributions to the nation's wild areas. They constructed parks, planted billions of trees, and fought forest fires. Cuyahoga Valley has a rich CCC legacy. Kent State University professor Kenneth J. Bindas and his students explore this in their new book, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933–1939. After the lecture, there will be book sales, book signing, and a dessert reception. Note: This program is co-presented as a free Lyceum Series lecture. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., so you are welcome to arriver earlier for best seating. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. We will have beverage service before the talk and all are welcome to stay for the desert reception.

Save the dates:
Tuesday, May 13
Tuesday, June 10. Note: The Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8
Tuesday, August 12
Tuesday, September 9
Tuesday, October 14
Tuesday, November 11
Tuesday, December 9. Note: The Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m.

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

Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Sunday, June 1, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., or
Saturday, November 23, 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, April 13, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Saturday, May 31, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or
Sunday, November 24, 8 a.m. - 4 p.

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.


Foundations of Interpretation
Sunday, February 23, 2 - 4 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 18, 10 a.m. - noon, or
Sunday, March 30, 1 - 3 p.m.
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
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Saturday, April 12, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., or
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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 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 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 at the annual winter Park Ambassador Social or to volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."