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January 2018

Cuyahoga Valley Institute: Certified Interpretive Guide Training Program

January 8 @ 9:00 am - January 11 @ 5:00 pm
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, 3675 Oak Hill Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264
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The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. Trainings will be led by NPS ranger and Certified Interpretive Host, Rebecca Jones Macko. This 32-hour course includes: History, definition, and principles of interpretation Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic Using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts…

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Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program Open House

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hines Hill Conference Center, 1403 West Hines Hill Road
Peninsula, OH 44264
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The Cuyahoga Valley Institute is a series of adult education programs that provide meaningful immersive opportunities to engage with the valley's natural surroundings while promoting a deeper understanding of the history, wildlife, and geography of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program - Open House Do you have a passion for the natural world and for sharing it with others? Join us for an open house to learn about becoming an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. Applications for the…

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February 2018

Women in the Wild: Art Retreat

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - February 4 @ 1:00 pm
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center 3675 Oak Hill Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States

Claudine Grunenwald Kirschner is back for her second year facilitating Women in the Wild at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. With a passion for helping others, exploring authentic lives, delving into meaningful reflection, and nurturing creativity, she welcomes all types of women to join her in this retreat. Claudine writes, hikes, creates and lives with her family near Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Learn more about Claudine, the founder of Vibrant Living and Leadership (www.growingvibrant.com), through…

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Cuyahoga Valley Institute: Writing about Nature and the Environment, with Mary Quade

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, 3675 Oak Hill Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264
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In this creative writing workshop, we’ll learn skills to gather vivid material from the world outdoors in order to build essays or poems. As writers, we’ll follow the path of our curiosity about nature and the environment. Participants will spend some time outdoors during the workshop in careful contemplation of place, practicing the art of observation. From these seeds, we’ll construct writing that engages with imagery, knowledge, precision, science, memory, experience, and even research. As examples, we’ll read work by…

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March 2018

Lyceum lecture – Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Inspiration of Creation

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Street State Rt. 303
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States
Free

Spending time in the wilderness nurtures a greater understanding of ourselves and our world. In this program, Jennifer talks about how the trail has challenged, changed, and deepened her understanding of herself. She encourages others to revel in nature and embrace the wonder-filled opportunities that await them. Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has covered over 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. In 2011, Jennifer covered…

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Junior Ranger Amphibians on the Move

March 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center 3675 Oak Hill Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States

About Program Spring is the time for amphibians to move from the forest to the ponds. Discover why they make this journey. Be prepared to hike and search for amphibians. You will be sent the location by email upon registration. For ages 7-12. About Junior Ranger Explore your national park, learn about wildlife, and spend time with park rangers! Junior Ranger programs give children an opportunity to experience their park hands-on. Your child can become a Junior Ranger by participating…

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April 2018

Lyceum Lecture – Fran LeMasters: Pollinators, the Nature of Butterflies

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Street State Rt. 303
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States
Free

Butterfly expert Fran LeMasters will give a lecture on the intricate and delicate lives of pollinators and butterflies, specifically Monarch butterflies. Topics of discussion will include the pollinator and butterfly lifecycle and how they adapt to the environment at different stages of development; the chain of the impact of environmental changes on pollinators, butterflies, and humans; the effects of habitat loss on the Monarch population; and cultivating plants which attract pollinators and encourage pollinating activity. Fran LeMasters started a small…

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Lyceum Lecture – Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Street State Rt. 303
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States
Free

Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the…

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May 2018

Cub Scout Weekend

May 4 @ 5:30 pm - May 6 @ 12:00 pm
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, 3675 Oak Hill Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264
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Cub Scouts join us for fun in Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Spend the weekend at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center to pursue activities for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos, and earn the National Park Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger certificate and patch. Register Today PROGRAM LEADER Kevin is a program coordinator at the Education Center where he focuses on developing summer, scout, and special weekend programs. He spends all year brainstorming fun adventures, games, and other ideas to make your child’s…

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Women in the Wild: Mother’s Day Retreat

May 11 @ 5:00 pm - May 12 @ 4:00 pm
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center 3675 Oak Hill Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States

Join us for a for a Mother’s Day weekend retreat that you won’t soon forget.  Arrive on the private campus of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center to spend a gorgeous spring Friday and Saturday in CVNP.  Come hike the amazing trails of the Environmental Education Center, enjoy handcrafted creations from our culinary team, connect with other women from around the area, and spend time with your loved ones with your national park as the backdrop. Our staff will be…

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