Volunteer Training

Headwater Monitoring
Headwater Monitoring

NPS/ Ted Toth


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 updated 2016 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.

This orientation is designed to provide prospective volunteers with information about the park's mission, vision, and partners. Learn about CVNP's expectations and standards for volunteers and gain confidence as a CVNP volunteer. We also introduce those in attendance to over 100 volunteer positions that the park offers. Location given upon registration.

Volunteer hour tracking is up and running in CVNP! If you've already completed training for using your personal profile on Volgistics, you can access your login page by clicking HERE.

If you have not completed training yet, you can now access the course materials including an E- learning tool, user manual, and frequently asked questions guide by clicking HERE.

If you are new to volunteering in the park, or have questions about your Volgistics account please contact the Volunteer Management Office at volunteer@forcvnp.org.
Volunteer Enrichment Presentation
Park Volunteers enjoying an Enrichment Series presentation at Happy Days Lodge

NPS/Shelby Lewis

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.

2016 - 2017 Topics and Speakers:

Tuesday, June 13
Countryside Conservancy Farm Field Trip
(Countryside Conservancy Staff and Countryside Conservancy Farmers Mark and Emily Trapp)

Volunteers are invited to join us for a fun and informative evening with the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy. We will hear updates from the Countryside Conservancy staff and have the opportunity to tour a working farm and learn about the operation at the Trapp Family Farm.

NOTE: This Enrichment Series will happen at the Trapp Family Farm located at 1019 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44265.

Tuesday, July 11
Cuyahoga River 101
(Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services Staff)

How much do you know about the Cuyahoga River? Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Service (IEVS) staff will be offering an important training that will explore the different influences that have shaped our river over the last 14,000 years. IEVS staff will explore a variety of topics from how the river was formed, who has lived along its banks, the turmoil is has suffered, its road to recovery, and finally what the future holds for the Cuyahoga River.

Tuesday, August 8
Peregrine Falcons in the Valley
(Chad and Chris Saladin, Peregrine Falcon Nest Monitors)

Join us as nest monitors, Chad and Chris Saladin, describe their work observing the peregrine falcons living underneath the I-80 Bridge in CVNP. For many years this husband and wife duo has worked diligently to assist in recovery efforts to help the peregrine falcon to be no longer classified as “threatened” in Ohio in 2015. We will learn about the peregrine’s amazing life history, astonishing agility, speed, and dynamic personality.

Note: This VIP Enrichment will be preceded by a volunteer award presentation. Refreshments will begin at 6:00 p.m.



Location given upon registration

Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, & AED

Participants will learn Full CPR for children, adults, and infants; AED; First Aid; and protecting yourself from bloodborne pathogens.

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.

Wildlife Watchers
Wildlife Watchers. NPS/Ted Toth


Location given upon registration

Foundations of Interpretation

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

This course captures the spontaneous types of interactions interpreters have with visitors, both informational and 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.orgor 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 to volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Last updated: June 13, 2017

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