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 link and scroll to the bottom of the page to download our Volunteer Handbook.
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.
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!
If you are new to volunteering in the park, or have questions about your Volgistics account please contact the Volunteer Management Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Cancelled
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com 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.