100 Years: Celebrating in the Cuyahoga Valley

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016! As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is planning several signature events in the park and we hope you will join us for several of them.
Conservancy for CVNP has compiled a list of 100 things to do in CVNP!
With 100 ideas for you to explore in the park, we will be looking for you this year!
100 Things to do in CVNP

Celebrate the milestone of 100 years of America's best idea by exploring your Cuyahoga Valley National Park and discovering all it has to offer. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley Naional Park has put together 100 fun ideas for you try out during the NPS Centennial.

Get Started! Pick your first CVNP experience off our list of suggestions.

Image of Cuyahoga River from the BioBlitz postcard.
We are seeking scientists, volunteers and visitors to assist with the BioBlitz.

Photo by Jeffrey Gibson.

BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival
Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21

Join National Geographic and the National Park Service in Cuyahoga Valley for the National Parks BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival, May 20-21, 2016. Be part of this nationwide celebration of the National Park Service's centennial and biodiversity in your national parks.

Get involved!

  • Sign up to join or lead a BioBlitz species inventory where teams of scientists, students, teachers, families, and other volunteers head out to explore, identify, and document plants and animals.

  • Experience the Biodiversity Festival at Howe Meadow. Enjoy hands-on science exhibits, food, crafts, and family-friendly entertainment.
We will be adding details to our BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival page as they become available.
Picnicking on the Kendall Hills.
Picnic in your favorite CVNP location or try someplace you've never been before.

Photo by ©Jerry Jelinek.

Picnic in the National Park
Saturday, June 18

Dine outdoors in your national park the same day as millions of others around the country. Countryside, a private nonprofit supporter of CVNP, will sell special centennial picnic baskets and bags at its weekly Farmer's Market at Howe Meadow. It will also provide special maps so picnickers can find their special spot.

Blossom Music Center is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Blssom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, is located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Image by Tim Fenner

Cleveland Orchestra: Blossom Music Festival
Sunday, July 17

The Cleveland Orchestra will commemorate Cuyahoga Valley National Park's celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Planned and built by The Cleveland Orchestra on 800 acres of rolling hills, Blossom Music Center is surrounded by Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In 2011, with the final purchase of land surrounding Blossom, the Trust for Public Land and National Park Service completed the Blossom Music Center conservation project ensuring the future of the Blossom Music Center. The July 17 performance, led by conductor Bramwell Tovey and featuring pianist Javier Perianes (who makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut) will include Aaron Copland's Suite from Appalachian Spring alongside works by Gershwin and Ravel. This performance will coincide with the opening of the 2016 Republican National Convention, which takes place in Cleveland July 18-21.

Solar Challenge team and car.
More than 20 teams with cars are expected to enter the 2016 American Solar Challenge.

Photo Courtesy of American Solar Challenge.

American Solar Challenge 2016
Friday, July 29: Solar Car Exhibition
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
(Cuyahoga Valley Career Center)
Saturday, July 30: Road Race Begins
8:30 a.m.
(Station Road Parking Lot)

The American Solar Challenge is a 1200 –1800 mile long cross-country road race, generally held every other year since 1990. The race features solar cars designed and built by teams of students from around the world. To celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, ASC has partnered with the park service to route the 2016 race through 9 National Parks starting in Cuyahoga Valley and ending at Wind Cave National Park in Hot Springs, SD.

For additional event details, visit our American Solar Challenge page.


Party in the National Park: Happy 100th National Park Service!
Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21

Each year in August, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday and everyone is invited to join the party! As part of the celebration, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has invited Cleveland's youth choir, The Singing Angels to perform the NPS Centennial Children's Celebration Song! Originally created as a poem by writer and artist Louise Phillips, Children's Earth Anthem was set to music by Ohio composer Charles Eversole. The piece will be performed by kids in more than 100 National Parks across the country. Each performance will be filmed and combined into a montage of youth celebration.

We are planning more music, crafts, games, and other fun activities for our celebration! We will provide details here as soon as they become final.


Akron Symphony Orchestra and CVNP Collaboration
Friday, November 4

Listen to the talented musicians of the Akron Symphony Orchestra while experiencing a visual montage from Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Event is held at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron.

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


(330) 657-2752
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