Volunteer Training

Volunteers and rangers document water data near a wooded stream
Volunteers and rangers document water data

NPS/ Ted Toth

Volunteer Handbook

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.

Visit the Conservancy page to download the handbook

Visit the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to download our Volunteer Handbook.

Volunteer Orientation
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 Orientation Schedule
Saturday, Novermeber 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. -noon. Canceled


Volgistics Training

Thank you for volunteering at Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Please remember to record your volunteer hours. Recording volunteer hours is crucial in helping with CVNP's funding and grant-writing success. This funding supports volunteer service programs, volunteer uniforms, proper equipment, and much more! Up-to-date record keeping also allows us to recognize your service milestone accomplishments!

To access Volgistics, please follow
Volgistics Homepage.

If you are new to using Volgistics, or need a reminder in how to use the database program view Volgistics & You: A User's Guide.

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.

Park Volunteers enjoying an Enrichment Series presentation at Happy Days Lodge
Park Volunteers enjoying an Enrichment Series presentation at Happy Days Lodge

NPS/Shelby Lewis

Volunteer Enrichment Training

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.

2018-2019 Topics and Speakers

Tuesday, November 13

Parks and People: Thoughts on Social Trends and Their Implication for Park Planning
(Dr. Andrew Lepp, Kent State University)

Changing demographics in the U.S., childhood obesity, increased stress and anxiety, the increased prominence of social media and internet-enabled smartphones – these social trends are making headlines across the country; but what are their implications for park planning? Kent State University professor, Andrew Lepp, invites you to ponder this question as he discusses the issues. Professor Lepp is a former NPS interpretive ranger and has taught in Kent State’s Recreation, Park and Tourism Management program since 2004.

Tuesday, December 11

The Volunteer Management Office at Cuyahoga Valley National Park has made the decision to cancel this month’s VIP Enrichment talk. December is a busy month for both staff and volunteers. Take the time to enjoy the spirit and activities the holiday season affords. We thank you for giving the gift of time to Cuyahoga Valley. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!

Tuesday, January 8
State of the Park
(Paul Stoehr, Acting Superintendent)

As we celebrate the New Year, Acting Superintendent Paul Stoehr will look back and reflect on the park’s many accomplishments during 2018 and provide insight into the exciting opportunities that will be happening in 2019.

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

Tuesday, February 12
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Interpretive Stories – An Update
(Jennie Vasarhelyi, Chief of Interpretation, Education, & Visitor Services)

Over the past two years, the National Park Service has been updating the themes that inform all of the interpretation that occurs in the park. The new visitor center exhibits and the increased focus on the Cuyahoga River have stimulated this work. Attend a presentation by Jennie Vasarhelyi, Chief of Interpretation, Education, & Visitor Services, to be immersed in the updated stories of the park.


Training In Safety

*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.

All Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, AED & BBP classes are held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wildlife Watchers program table display talking with visitors at a wooded trail head
Wildlife Watchers program table display

NPS/Ted Toth

Training in Interpretation

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.

In-person Foundations of Intrepretation trainings are completed for the 2018.

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.

In-person Infomormal Intrepretation trainings are completed for the 2018.

Online Training

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.

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: 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/training's 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 our forms and return the form to volunteer@forcvnp.org. To request forms please contact volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Last updated: October 30, 2018

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