Photo: Jerry Jelinek

 

 

 

Visitor Services & Education

Helping people learn about and experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park safely and sustainably. Learners of all ages connect with the park through year-round public programs.

 

Youth in CVNP

Engaging with over 10,000 students per year through our virtual and in-person programs. From scientific exploration of the Cuyahoga River, to singing around a campfire, the Conservancy is committed to providing every child, regardless of resources, the chance to experience the natural wonders, rich history, and stunning beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

 

Volunteer Services

Preserving and improving habitat for native plants and animals, as well as keeping the national park’s trails in top condition. The Volunteer-in-Park (VIP) program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy. Every year, over 6,000 volunteers of all ages help preserve CVNP for future generations, averaging over 150,000 hours. We also work hand-in-hand to provide unique opportunities for corporate, school, scout, and youth groups.  

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Cultural Arts

Creating meaningful, immersive cultural programs, such as the Rhythm on the River concert series, that reflect the interests of those who live, work, and play in our region. From workshops and lectures to live concerts and public art, there’s something for everyone.

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Extraordinary Spaces

Providing an idyllic backdrop at historic venues to share your small and big moments – from work meetings to saying, “I do.” Surrounded by rolling meadows and woodland vistas, the Conservancy’s beautiful and historic buildings provide cozy rusticity and modern amenities, perfect for weddings, family reunions, group retreats, company meetings, and other events.

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Brandywine Golf Course Acquisition

On September 27, 2021, the Conservancy announced that it had purchased the 207 acres of the former Brandywine Golf Course. 

The National Park Service will purchase 192 acres from the Conservancy once environmental restoration is complete. The remaining 15 acres will be retained by the Conservancy, which has begun a master planning process with PROS Consulting that will help inform the funds needed to be raised for activation and programming. At this time, the property is not open to the public. 

This land purchase is a first of its kind for the Conservancy and made possible through the generosity of individual donors and recoverable grants from the Northeast Ohio community and national foundations. This includes Akron Community Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Connor Foundation, GAR Foundation, and National Park Foundation. 

For more information about the Brandywine Golf Course Acquisition, please contact VP of Philanthropy Sheryl Hoffman at shoffman@forcvnp.org or 330.657.2909 ext. 143.

Trails Now: Responding to Visitor and Park Needs

In parallel with our Trails Forever Endowment Fund, the Conservancy established the Trails Now Fund, which provides support for immediate trail maintenance and the development of new trail and visitor amenities. The Trails Now Fund assists the National Park Service in improving and maintaining trails on an ongoing basis. 

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Trails Now: Bridle-Hiking Fund

In 2021, Ray and Jan Dalton made a $100,000 gift to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to address the much-needed maintenance and repairs to the CVNP bridle-hiking trails. The Dalton’s generous gift, paired with individual gifts, and volunteers from the Medina Chapter Ohio Horsemen’s Council resulted in successful repairs to the Valley Bridle Trail, Wetmore Trail, and Langes Run Trail. Work completed included repairing bridle trail surfaces, installing armored crossings, repairing and cleaning trail bridges, cleaning and installing trail drainage features, trimming of trail corridors, removing trees, and improving trail signs. 

This year Ray and Jan Dalton have generously extended a $100,000 matching gift for the repair and maintenance of three additional bridle-hiking trails. Ray and Jan will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000! Trail projects that will be funded this year include improvements to Valley South, Riding Run, and Perkins Trails. Please join us in the opportunity to raise an additional $100,000 for bridle-hiking trail improvements, benefitting the riders, hikers, runners, joggers and walkers of Northeast Ohio who enjoy them. 

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Trails Now Fund: Pedestrian Footbridges

The Conservancy is raising money to help CVNP replace the last of five pedestrian bridges within the park. In 2021, the Conservancy, through the support of individual donors and the Trails Forever Endowment, provided funding to replace the Old Carriage Trail, Plateau Trail, Stanford Trail, and Wetmore Trail bridges. Existing wooden bridges were replaced with fiberglass truss bridges with wood decking.

The Salt Run Trail footbridge is our remaining project. The bridge being replaced on Salt Run Trail is currently in decline and past its life cycle. Temporary repairs have already been conducted to this bridge for stabilization, but a permanent replacement is needed for a total cost of $32,500.

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Trails Now: Stanford Trailhead Project

The Conservancy is pleased to join Cuyahoga Valley National Park in this exciting project to bring a new hub for hiking, running, biking and horseback riding in the Boston to Station Road area. CVNP has announced a $500,000 matching grant award from the NPS Centennial Challenge to build a new Stanford Trailhead on Stanford Road, just north of the Stanford House.

The Conservancy’s life-changing programs and activities, as well as Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s 100+ miles of trails, would not exist without help from the individuals, foundations, and corporations who provide their financial support. You too can invest in your park – opportunities include attending fundraising events, sponsoring an acre, donating to the Trails Now Fund, giving memorial gifts, joining the Legacy Society, and more. Visit forcvnp.org/donate to find out how you can give back.

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