Celebrating NPS Founders Day in CVNP

August 24, 2017

Friday, August 25 marks the 101st birthday of the National Park Service. Here at the Conservancy, we’re honored and proud to partner with this long-standing American institution, which protects and preserves our country’s most beautiful and historic places.

To celebrate this milestone, we’ve put together a list of 101 things to do in YOUR national park right here in Ohio. Discover a new CVNP adventure today!

101 Ways to Celebrate YOUR National Park

  1. Visit CVNP for the first time!
  2. Wake up at dawn to see the otters at Beaver Marsh.
  3. Ride the East Rim mountain bike trail.
  4. Volunteer at a Day of Service.
  5. Go to the Countryside Farmers’ Market.
  6. Go for a scenic ride on the train.
  7. Become a member of the Conservancy.
  8. Go for a full moon hike in CVNP.
  9. Go to Dinner in the Valley.
  10. Read how CVNP came to be.
  11. Give a gift in honor of someone special.
  12. Stay at the Stanford House.
  13. Take a selfie and tag #forCVNP #FindYourPark.
  14. Go for a family-friendly hike.
  15. Share your park story with us at info@forcvnp.org.
  16. Go to a local food swap.
  17. Visit Brandywine Falls.
  18. Become a Junior Ranger.
  19. Visit Everett Covered Bridge.
  20. Sponsor an acre in CVNP.
  21. Pick berries at Greenfield.
  22. Give back to your park by volunteering.
  23. Go camping in your park.
  24. Cycle the Towpath Trail.
  25. Get ice cream at Trail Mix.
  26. Get Every Kid in a Park.
  27. Get your toes tapping at a CVNP concert.
  28. Tag your photos #FindYourPark.
  29. Dance in Howe Meadow.
  30. Master the Ohio Star quilting pattern.
  31. Visit an art gallery.
  32. Go to Canal Exploration Center.
  33. Bike from Red Lock to Hunt House.
  34. Plan an accessible visit.
  35. Take a break in the Village of Boston.
  36. Walk your dog on the trails.
  37. Enjoy activities at Hunt House.
  38. Ride a Grape Escape train.
  39. Run for fun in CVNP.
  40. Join the park’s Photographic Society.
  41. Celebrate your park at a special Clambake.
  42. Take your class to the Education Center.
  43. Buy a locally made gift.
  44. Take a class on small farming.
  45. Hike 100 miles in 100 days.
  46. Learn to make a pie from a professional chef.
  47. Sip wine at Sarah’s Vineyard.
  48. Go birding at Station Road Bridge.
  49. Have a big celebration in your park.
  50. Enjoy the view at the Ledges.
  51. Spend a day with students in CVNP.
  52. Run 26.2 miles at the Towpath Marathon.
  53. Experience the Polar Express.
  54. Go snowshoeing.
  55. Get your NPS Passport stamped.
  56. Go skiing (cross country or downhill).
  57. Wander down to Blue Hen Falls.
  58. Fly a kite at Ledges field.
  59. Ride the train with a kid for free in August.
  60. Drive the Scenic Byway.
  61. Become a certified naturalist.
  62. Run one or all of the Towpath Trilogy.
  63. Volunteer on the train.
  64. Grab a compass and go orienteering.
  65. Enjoy Ales on Rails.
  66. Organize a group volunteer day with your office.
  67. Go EarthCaching.
  68. Bike one way, take the train back.
  69. Smell the evergreens.
  70. Boast that the park is in your backyard.
  71. Go on a Canalway Quest.
  72. Have dinner at Spicy Lamb Farm.
  73. Shop at Highland Square Market.
  74. See a great blue heron.
  75. Spend the day on the Towpath Trail.
  76. Reserve a picnic shelter.
  77. Discover CVNP history.
  78. Learn about NE Ohio’s water future.
  79. Watch painted turtles in CVNP’s wetlands.
  80. Go to class with Countryside U.
  81. Get married in your national park.
  82. Listen to authentic Eastern European music.
  83. Hike on a challenging trail.
  84. Stargaze at Oak Hill.
  85. Kayak north from Boston.
  86. Enjoy a concert at Hines Hill Center.
  87. Bring your group to stay the Education Center.
  88. Go horseback riding.
  89. Earn a Girl Scout badge.
  90. Take students on the train.
  91. Follow blue blazes on the Buckeye Trail.
  92. Explore the park with your family.
  93. Paint at Lock 29.
  94. Enjoy a dinner of the Western Reserve.
  95. Visit a CCC-era building.
  96. Go fishing at Indigo Lake.
  97. Get a free schedule of events at Boston Store.
  98. Push a canal lock gate.
  99. Tour a farm in CVNP.
  100. Walk in a creek.
  101. Share your story with us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram