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.

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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 - Registration links will be posted soon!
Saturday, Novermeber 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. -noon


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 Topics and Speakers

Tuesday, July 10
Love in the Valley
(Rebecca Jones, CVNP Interpretive Park Ranger)

Join Park Ranger Rebecca Jones to explore the stories of love in the valley. From love lost to love refound, from four-legged to two-legged, young love to old love, the valley has stories of transformative power. Explore both familiar names and faces, to lesser known stories of love. Along the way, you may discover you are glad you are not some of the animals in the valley looking for love!

Tuesday, August 14
Blindness Basics
(Lisa Cellura, Manager – Community Engagement and Donor Relationships, Cleveland Sight Center)

Whether a formal program, a chance encounter on the trails, or in a visitor center, we will all meet people who are blind or have low vision. With some simple tips and practice, anyone can learn how to make an encounter more comfortable for all involved. In the interactive program we will discuss:

  • Basics of Vision loss and how to recognize someone may have low vision
  • Meeting a person for the first time
  • Talking together comfortably
  • Common situations you may encounter
  • Do’s and Don’ts of social interaction and speech
  • Walking with a blind person – training in sighted guide

Please join us for this opportunity which can help us provide more inclusive experiences for our visitors, volunteers, and communities.

Tuesday, September 11
Political and Legal Reactions to the 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire, and the Broader Relationship between Urban and Rural Environments
(David Stradling, PhD., author, Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland)

Former Cleveland mayor Carl Stokes helped bring attention to environmental issues through his political and legal responses to the final Cuyahoga River fire, which happened during his mayoral tenure, on June 22, 1969. Dr. Stradling will discuss the aftermath of the fire and Stokes’ efforts to come to terms with this cataclysmic event. He will also connect this presentation to a discussion on the broader relationships between urban and rural environments.


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: June 18, 2018

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