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 presentation is designed to provide current and newly signed up volunteers with information about the park’s mission, partnerships, initial on-boarding steps, volunteer protections, policies and procedures, and more. CVNP volunteers with an ongoing and regular role are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation within their first six months of volunteering.

This orientation will not cover volunteer opportunities. If you want to learn how to get involved call the Volunteer Management Office at (440) 717-3846.

Saturday, March 7th, 2019 - 10 a.m.- Noon.

Thursday, April 30th, 2019 - 6 - 8 p.m.


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.

2019 Topics and Speakers

Tuesday, November 12
Looking to the Next 50 Years: Strategic Planning at CVNP
(Maureen Finnerty, Strategic Action Plan Coordinator)

In 2019, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the final burning of the Cuyahoga River and celebrated 50 years of restoration and progress. The park is now entering its fourth year of strategic planning focused on improving the health of the Cuyahoga and looking toward the next fifty years for the river, for the visitors, and for the rest of the park. Join the park's Strategic Action Plan Coordinator Maureen Finnerty for an update on current plans and actions such as the Brecksville Dam Removal, Visitor Use Management, and large scale restoration efforts. We will also learn how volunteers have and will continue to contribute to these efforts, and, most importantly, answer questions!

Tuesday, December 10

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!


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, and First Aid. 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 classes are held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Check back in spring of 2020 for available dates.

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.

Monday, March 2nd - 10 a.m. to Noon.

Thursday, March 12th - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 16th - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Sunday, March 15th - 1:30 -3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18th - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2nd - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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.

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: December 2, 2019

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