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Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, (440) 546-5995 or cell (440) 343-7355
Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service will host 12 youth and staff from the Groundwork Cincinnati/ Mill Creek organization for an overnight camping trip from Tuesday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 1 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).
Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek began as the Mill Creek Restoration Project in 1994, and became the newest Groundwork trust in June 2012. Its mission is to serve as catalyst for developing sustainability in the Mill Creek watershed through community-based planning and empowerment, environmental education, and economically sound ecological restoration. Groundwork trusts are non-profit organizations established across the United States in partnership with the US EPA & the National Park Service in places that have experienced decades of decline in their physical and social environments. Their missions are to foster and awaken the potential of these neighborhoods by working with communities to improve their physical environment.
The Green Team is a youth employment program focusing on environmental and conservation job skills in their own communities, and includes a chance to explore and learn about their national parks, in this case, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The campers will participate in a service project focused on invasive plant removal; tour the butterfly and kitchen gardens at the Environmental Education Center; experience an evening hike to the Beaver Marsh; camp at Stanford Backcountry Campsites; and a bike tour on the Towpath Trail with the Bike Aboard!
Assistance in planning this trip was provided by the Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program, a National Park Service community outreach program that has worked closely with Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek over the past two years. For more information about RTCA contact Andrea Irland at e-mail us or (330) 657-2378.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.