Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
Host your next gathering in Cuyahoga Valley National Park!
The Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center is a 500-acre private campus situated in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is surrounded by miles of trails, wetlands and ponds, and woodlands.
The Education Center is the perfect space for groups of all kinds such as sports teams, church and spiritual groups, yoga retreats, and more. We offer two campuses with dormitory-style bunk beds, accommodating 25 to 64 overnight guests. All-purpose gathering and meeting spaces are also included. The campus accommodates up to 128 people on site and offers a full kitchen staff serving three hot meals a day. Choose from preparing your own food at our White Pines Campus, or have our chefs cook delicious meals for your group at either location. We use locally grown, sustainable produce as well as grow our own vegetable in our hoop garden.
Your group can explore the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the connecting trails and build a fire outdoors in the pit. We have several programming options available such as day hikes and night hikes.
If you are interested in learning more about hosting your retreat or conference at the Environmental Education Center, please click the button below to fill out an inquiry form. After receiving your information, we will be in touch!
For additional information, pricing, and availability, please contact: 330 657 2796 ext 1110.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a capacity of 64 overnight adult guest per campus. We require a 25 guest minimum to book either campus. If you do not meet the minimum, you will be charged for a 25 guest minimum.
$45.00 per night per person without food service.
$80.00 per night per person with 3 meals included.
Off-season discounts available
We require a 30% non-refundable/non-transferable deposit within 5 business days to reserve your stay. Payment is due in full two weeks prior to your arrival. Checks can be mailed to: 3765 Oak Hill Rd Peninsula, OH 44264
We require all groups to provide us a copy of their proof of liability insurance before their stay.
Yes, guests may come for the day and even join your group for meals. Individual meals would be charged for these guests if our Kitchen Staff is providing your meals.
September – May: check-in is on Friday anytime after 4:00 PM
June – August: please contact us for your check-in day and time.
Check out is no later than 6:00 PM
Prepare your own meals at the White Pines Campus or have our in house catering at either campus.
We will provide you with a link to have guests fill out to let us know about their restrictions to let our Kitchen Staff know ahead of time.
Breakfast 8:30 AM
Lunch 12:00 PM
Dinner 5:30 PM
Alcohol is prohibited.
No moving of beds or furniture is allowed. No extra mattresses can be put on the floor.
Each individual should bring their own sheets, blanket, pillow and towels. A sleeping bag is a great alternative to pack!
We have 4-6 showers per campus.
Only registered service dogs with proper paperwork. Therapy dogs are not allowed.
Please see our map for designated parking areas. We do have handicapped parking available.
Yes, we offer several programs for a fee of $5.00 per person. You can request our Program Guide to review our selection available.
Of course! You are responsible for tending to the fire pit. We provide the firewood but you MUST bring matches and items needed to make s’mores.
There is no swimming allowed in the park.
Off-season pricing is available for January and February bookings. Please fill out an inquiry form and our team will be in touch with options!
The buildings on the James S. Lipscomb Campus were part of the historic John H. Gilson farmstead. The core of the main house (the brick part) was built in 1854. You can see the date etched in stone above the doorway, broken up with the initials JHG for John H. Gilson. The core of the barn was built in the mid-1800s as well. In addition to farming, John Gilson served as local postmaster. This house dates to the same time period as the Jonathan Hale farm preserved at Hale Farm and Village. In 1877, while returning from visiting neighbors with his wife, John Gilson drowned while trying to ford Furnace Run. His tragic death led the community to construct Everett Covered Bridge.
The structures on the Lipscomb Campus were elaborately remodeled in the late 1970s and 80s. The historic frame barn was converted into a guest house in 1979, and the property was acquired by the National Park Service in 1983. It was used on a limited basis for environmental education programming. Teacher workshops and University of Akron college courses met in the barn, and student congresses for the Cuyahoga River Water Monitoring Project were held there.
All the buildings in the immediate area of the administration building are around 50 years old (or less) and were the first buildings acquired by the park. After acquisition, the house was first used by the park as a dormitory for seasonal staff.
White Pines Campus
The dorm on this campus was once a private house, built in 1963, with a nearby garage built in 1965. The property was acquired by the National Park Service in 1981. A barn was also part of the property, but it was unusable and thus demolished. The barn was reconstructed, however, to provide classroom space—the only new building on-site. The new building was designed to look like a barn and preserve the historic character of the campus, with the “silo” of the new building acting as a wheelchair lift. The house was extensively remodeled, with an entirely new exterior and substantial changes inside. The fireplace in the dining room is one of the few features remaining from the former building. The two sides of the fireplace were once in different rooms, however.
“Our school has used the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center for an overnight retreat multiple times and the children, as well as the adults, have chosen to return. The accommodations are splendid: comfortable, inviting, well-kept, and safe. The National Park is a beauty. The staff has always been friendly and helpful from the moment we signed up to after the event was over. It’s only a half-hour from our school, which makes the bus trip easy. We have already signed up for next year!”