Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
Host your next gathering on a private campus in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center has hosted school groups, athletic teams, spiritual and religious groups, quilting and crafting clubs, and more. Our Lipscomb and White Pines campuses each provide a comfortable overnight experience for your group of 25 to 64 for conferences, retreats, or other events. Rent one or both!
Located on 500 private acres of parkland, the Center is the perfect space for religious and spiritual groups, yoga retreats, student athletes, and more. The two campuses each have dormitory-style beds for 64 people and all-purpose gathering spaces. Kitchen availability.Plan Your Retreat
Call us at 330-657-2796 ext. 110
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.
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.
“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!”