In this installment of Cuyahoga Connections, we’ll focus on food webs, water quality and other key Cuyahoga Valley National Park connections!

No matter what time of year, CVNP is here for all of us to enjoy—and our daily actions can directly impact the park we love! The chemicals we use to treat our lawn, the rocks we stack in the pond and the garbage cans we accidentally forget to put lids on (and are immediately found by raccoons!) can all impact Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Help your kids understand their own relationship with nature with the resources provided below.

Don’t forget to reach out to us with questions, comments or to share your experiences and completed journals by sending an email to or tagging #forCVNP on your social media posts!

Recommended Reading

Because of An Acorn
By: Adam Schaefer and Lola M Schaefer
Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

This picture book, perfect for the youngest readers and listeners, provides a beginner-level look at the way even an acorn plays an important role in our ecosystem. With very few words, this book inspires discovery, introducing concepts of the food chain, cause and effect, and connectivity. The illustrations are beautiful and eye catching, and it is sure to become a favorite in your household!

Because of An Acorn is available at Trail Mix Peninsula and online.

Molly Hashimoto’s Art & Nature Activity Book
By: Molly Hashimoto

This activity book provides a plethora of puzzles, games, and art projects to choose from, with the backdrop of Molly Hasimoto’s beautiful block prints. Perfect for children of all ages, watch as they connect with nature through creative thinking and play!

Molly Hashimoto’s Art & Nature Activity Book is available at Trail Mix Peninsula.

Journal About It!

Download this journal we created just for you! Be sure to share your creations with us by sending photos/answers to or posting photos online and tagging us #forCVNP

Download the journal here.