Frequently Asked Questions 


  • How are you staying safe during the pandemic? 

 We are requiring that all staff and participants wear a face covering at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Additionally, we are capping registration at 30 participants, which will be further broken into small learning groups of no more than 10 students. Social distancing and frequent handwashing will be required. All program supplies and equipment will be provided, with any sharing of equipment minimalized and sanitized between uses. All participants will complete a COVID symptom check and have a temperature screening every day. Participants exhibiting symptoms of illness will be asked to return home and quarantine in accordance with current CDC guidance. Should we suspect that staff or participants have been exposed to COVID, you will be notified in writing. 


  • What does Unplugged Adventures mean? 

Unplugged Adventures means, that barring emergency, we ask that our participants take a break from their phones, screens, social media, gaming—or any other “plugged” activities.  This program will immerse participants in hands-on science activities in the natural world—as well as showcase other unique ways to enjoy the national park. Aligning with their creative passions, hobbies—or even career ambitions—our Learning Streams will feature small-group instruction in Photography, Food and Agriculture or Recreation and Wellness.  Through innovative collaboration with several park partners—including Old Trail School and Countryside–specialized instructors will work with the teens all week. 


  • Are cell phones allowed?   

We recommend that students leave phones at home, but if they must have them, phone use must be limited to emergencies.  This helps keep distractions to a minimum and increase the quality of the program.  Staff members will carry cell phones in case of emergencies. 


  • How long has this program been around? 

This summer will be the inaugural year for Unplugged Adventures; however, the Conservancy has been facilitating youth programs in Cuyahoga Valley National Park since 1994 


  • Will there be food provided? 

There will be a light morning and afternoon snack (granola bars, fresh fruit or chips) provided; however, we ask that each student bring a packed lunch daily. 


  • What should my student bring? 

Please reference our “what to bring?” checklist, in the packet of information.   


  • What if my child has medication? 

The Conservancy is not authorized to pass out medications and does not offer nursing services. Participants must be responsible for their own medications. We ask that any medication carried by participants be in original containers and clearly labeled with the participant’s name. If needed, participants will be responsible for inhalers, Epipens or other such rescue devices. 


  • Are there any hidden costs?  Should I send my child with money? 

There are no hidden costs and you should not send your child with spending money.  We do not provide any opportunities to spend money during the program.  Your program fees include all supplies, snacks, equipment, transportation within the park and specialized instruction.  


  • How do I reach my child in an emergency? What if I have urgent needs? 

Please call or text the Program Manager at 330-608-3765 and they will direct your inquiry. 

All staff carry cell phones and can be reached in the field at all times.