Five Ways to be “GREEN” in CVNP

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, why not add a little extra “green” to your life? This week, we’ve put together some ideas for being an environmental steward while you’re in CVNP—whether you’re up for getting your hands dirty at a Day of Service or just shopping for recycled products at Trail Mix Peninsula. Check it out our suggestions then let us know your own!

  1. Carpool to the park—or ditch the car altogether.

Photo: Nicole Nigh

The next time you’re headed to a concert at Happy Days Lodge or going on a hike in the park, reduce your carbon footprint and carpool with friends. Or, consider biking in on the Towpath or taking the train! You’ll reduce your environmental impact and be able to better enjoy the CVNP scenery.

  1. Bring your own reusable water bottle.

Rather than purchasing bottled water, bring your own reusable water bottle for that long hike or bike ride. (Trail Mix Peninsula has a great selection!) If you do use bottled water or other drinks, be sure to recycle them when you’re finished rather than tossing them in the trash.

  1. Volunteer at a Day of Service.

Photo: Melanie Nesteruk

Give back to the national park that gives so much to you! Day of Service events let you participate in the restoration and enhancement of the Cuyahoga Valley by planting trees, removing invasive plant species, maintaining park trails, or cleaning up the park. Sign up for an upcoming Day of Service, or see all CVNP volunteer opportunities here >

  1. Give the gift of green.

Looking for something special for yourself or a friend that’s also friendly to the planet? Visit Trail Mix Peninsula to find unique, recycled park gifts like earrings made from old cereal boxes, magnets and coasters made with bike chains, and more. See some of our products on our website >

  1. Become a member of the Conservancy.

Photo: Tom Jones

When you become a member of the Conservancy, you’ll support projects that help protect and restore native habitats in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Your tax-deductible donation will fund projects like the restoration of the Wetmore area, where over 4,600 trees have been planted since 2014, and ongoing volunteer efforts to remove invasive species, collect native seeds, and plant native species. Learn more >