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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.- noon


Volgistics Training

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.
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

*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.

2018 Topics and Speakers

Tuesday, January 9
State of the Park
(Craig Kenkel, Superintendent)
As we celebrate the New Year, Superintendent Craig Kenkel will look back and reflect on the park’s many accomplishments during 2017 and provide insight into the exciting opportunities that will be happening in 2018.

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

Tuesday, February 13
Cuyahoga River 101

(Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services Staff)

If you were not able to join us for this topic back in July, we are offering it again! Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Service (IEVS) staff return to 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, February 27 * Bonus Enrichment*

Rethinking How We Talk About CVNP

(Arrye Rosser, Interpretive & Education Specialist)

Through several exciting projects, CVNP is reimaging how we orient new visitors and tell our essential stories. Come give your input in an open house format. Interpretive & Education Specialist Arrye Rosser will present the latest drafts of the Boston Mill Visitor Center exhibits. In addition, you’ll get a firsthand look at the redesigned park map and guide, including sketches of a new illustration of Cuyahoga Valley. Arrye can also give a progress report on the new Towpath Trail exhibits.

Note: This open house will be from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Allow at least 90 minutes.

Tuesday, March 13

Catching Up with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

(Kim Gillan-Shaffron, Vice President of Marketing and Community Alliances)

Join us for an evening with the Vice President of Marketing and Community Alliances, Kim Gillan-Shaffron, as we review 2017 events and share strategies for CVSR as we move through 2018 and beyond.


Training In Safety (Free)

*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.

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 (Free)

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 (Free)

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: 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 the Park Ambassador Continuing Education Form. Return the form to volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Last updated: January 12, 2018

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


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