We’re excited to welcome our supporters to Exploration!

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park invites you to celebrate and support environmental education and our dedication to helping kids grow.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

4 PM

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center 

3675 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula OH 44264

Melanie Nesteruk

Give every child the chance to explore and make memories in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

For over 25 years, the Conservancy and CVNP’s Environmental Education Programs have provided children with quality education and all the fun that a camp experience offers. From scientific exploration of the Cuyahoga River to singing around a campfire, a generation of children have enjoyed what they often describe years later as their “best week of school”. Over 30,000 children have benefited from the overnight program and over 200,000 from day programs. YOUR SUPPORT makes this possible for many children whose families could not otherwise afford to send them to an educational and nature-based experience. As we celebrate, we look forward to more years of sharing Cuyahoga Valley National Park with children and investing in them as well as the future of our planet.

EXPERIENCE a beautiful, autumn evening with like-minded Conservancy supporters.

ENJOY an extraordinary dinner at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. This year’s menu will feature a more local, seasonal and sustainable cuisine that includes cocktails, appetizers throughout the campus, a decadent dessert and open bar.

EXPECT your favorite part of the evening, the opportunity to support affordable programming and assistance for kids to participate in environmental education experiences.

The Evening’s Menu

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

– Apple and Fig Flatbread Pizza drizzled with hot honey

– Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta with balsamic glaze

– Waldorf Chicken Salad Phyllo Cups

– Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

– Seasonal Cheese Display

Soup Station

– Cauliflower Bisque with toasted pistachios


First Course

– Honeycrisp Salad with mixed greens, baby kale, pepitas, crispy prosciutto, pomegranate, feta cheese and a cider vinaigrette

– Cornbread with maple whipped butter

Entrée Course served family style

– Warm Three Bean Salad with yellow, green and butter beans & toasted almonds

– Roasted Root Vegetables including baby potatoes, carrots, pearl onions, turnips and parsnips

– Fall Harvest Orecchiette Pasta with butternut squash, Tuscan kale, bacon lardon and pecorino

– Maple Cider Glazed Chicken

– Apple Butter and Sage Pork Loin


– Blackberry Bourbon Cheesecake

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please note on ticket form.


Individual tickets: $225 (tax-deductible $125)

Additional Details

Weather: The party is rain or shine.
Attire: Casual fall attire.
Questions? Call 330-657-2909 ext. 133 or email events@forcvnp.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Adventurer: $5,200*

  • Table for eight (8) at Exploration
  • Special Lead recognition and signage at Exploration
  • Recognition on the Conservancy for CVNP website, annual report, e-newsletter, and social media
  • 10% discount on a custom-designed Conservancy for CVNP Extraordinary Spaces retreat experience (a unique opportunity to reach out to employees, business partners, or clients in a memorable way for business meetings, strategic planning, or holiday celebrations.)
  • Tax deductible donation: $4,400 (minus the discount for a custom Extraordinary Spaces retreat)

Discoverer: $3,200*

  • Table for eight (8) at Exploration
  • Recognition and signage at Exploration and your table
  • Recognition on the Conservancy for CVNP website, annual report, and e-newsletter
  • Tax deductible donation: $2,400

Wanderer: $1,050*

  • Two (2) tickets to Exploration
  • Recognition and signage at Exploration
  • Recognition on the Conservancy for CVNP website, annual report, and e-newsletter
  • Tax deductible donation: $850

For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Dan Blakemore 330-657-2909 ext 133 or dblakemore@forcvnp.org