Conservancy for CVNP
The Conservancy is the official non-profit friends group for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They help communities engage with the park through education, cultural arts, volunteerism, membership, philanthropy, and more. The mission of the organization is to enrich people’s lives and enhance our region by inspiring use, preservation, and support of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Visit the Conservancy’s website.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
For more than 100 years, trains have been moving through the scenic wonders of what is now Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In 1989, a mutually beneficial partnership began for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the National Park and it has brought a proud distinction to each. There is no other national park in the country with a non-profit heritage railroad operating within it and providing educational and entertainment programs to enhance the accessibility of the park for tens of thousands of people each year. Park staff continue to deliver educational programming for riders of all ages and maintain the railroad tracks to ensure safety of all riders. CVSR is dedicated and committed to preserving and renovating historic railcars so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. In addition to providing event excursions, they also offer a membership program and have a volunteer base of more than 1,000. Their mission is to provide educational, recreational and heritage railroad experiences and to provide alternative transportation to and within Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
Countryside was created in 1999 to help Cuyahoga Valley National Park solve the problem of how to conserve the quickly disappearing rural character of the Valley – the dozens of once vibrant farmsteads had fallen to the plow of industrialization and the concentration of our food system. Their mission is to build a thriving local food community by connecting people, food and land in and beyond Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Countryside envisions healthy soils, waterways and communities that demonstrate farmland, farmers and food entrepreneurs can thrive in concert with the ecosystem and that farmland remains a healthy, cherished resource. All the while, creating a culture where good, local food is accessible to all.
The Cleveland Metroparks have been a partner since 1974, and own and manage 4,750 acres within the boundary of CVNP (including Brecksville and Bedford reservations). They operate park shelters, trail systems, a nature center, stables, two golf courses, and other park facilities. They also coordinate closely with CVNP on a broad range of cultural and natural resource management and visitor services activities. Visit Cleveland Metroparks' website
The Ohio & Erie Canalway has been a partner since 1996. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization is the official management entity for the Ohio & Erie Canalway, where they implement the Canalway Management Plan and Matching Grant program. Their mission is to work in partnership with local non-profit organizations and governments in the development and implementation of the Canalway Management Plan. Visit Ohio & Erie Canalway's Website
Summit Metro Parks have been a partner since 1974. They own and manage 3,325 acres within the boundary of CVNP (including Hampton Hills, O’Neil Woods, Furnace Run, and Deep Lock Quarry). They operats park shelters, trail systems, and other park facilities. The Metro Parks coordinate closely with CVNP on a broad range of cultural and natural resource management and visitor services activities. Visit Summit Metro Parks' Website
America's National Parks has been a partner since 1981 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and official NPS cooperating association. They operate sales areas within park visitor centers, as well as fund and develop a variety of interpretive and educational media and projects. Their mission is to promote the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trusts. Visit America's National Parks' Website
Last updated: December 18, 2023