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.

Look through the programs below to find your next great experience: 


Lyceum: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave with Sean Prentiss
Friday, April 21 | Happy Days Lodge | 7:00 p.m.

Hear first-hand about Sean Prentiss's two-year quest to uncover the mysteries of Edward Abbey and the rumors and clues that led him to a three-day trek into a massive American desert to find the burial site of "The Thoreau of the American West."



For the Birds
Sunday, May 21 | Hines Hill Conference Center & Barn | 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Experience the fine art of birding in a completely new way! Hike and observe local bird populations, learn bird photography techniques, and build unique bird houses from reclaimed materials.



A Concert of Katydids and Crickets
Friday, August 4 | Ledges Shelter | 7:00 p.m. — midnight

Gather outside to listen and search for crickets and katydids with Lisa Rainsong and Judy Semroc. Explore several different habitats, take notes on the behavior of the critters you spot, and learn to identify common songs.



Poetry in the Park
Friday, August 25 — Saturday, August 26 | Stanford House and Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center

Immerse yourself in the writings of celebrated poet Mary Oliver and in the natural beauty of your national park. David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, will guide you as you explore your own relationship with nature through your writing, and park educators will walk with you along the river in search of inspiration.




Refunds for registration fees must be requested at least ten days in advance of the CVI program in question.

1403 West Hines Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264  |  Tel 330 657 2909  |  Fax 330 657 2328