New Year, Same Mission


The holiday season and new year has brought great fun and fresh ideas to Cuyahoga Valley National Park! We have hosted events, added to our upcoming calendar, and welcomed new Field Instructors.


Each December, the Conservancy for CVNP hosts a Festival of Lights at the Environmental Education Center. We invited our guests to share a meal, make crafts, and “travel” around the world as they visited stations celebrating eights different winter holidays and occasions. This year, we celebrated Loi Krathong, Kwanzaa, Dongzhi, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Christmas, Science of the Solstice, and Holidays in Pop Culture.


Although Loi Krathong is traditionally celebrated in a warmer climate, we got creative and “floated” our lights out onto a frozen Cattail Pond.

Please join us for our next Festival of Lights and keep an eye out for other fun activities we host throughout the year!


We want to give a shout out to all of the generous donors from 2016! We had over 50 pairs of coats, gloves, hats and scarves for each of our two campuses at the EEC. Our goal is to ensure that all people have safe and enjoyable access to our national park. These donations will guarantee that every student can be safe and warm in the unpredictable weather of Ohio and still get to experience the outdoors first hand. THANK YOU!


Just a portion of the clothing generously donated to us to make sure we can keep students safe and warm on the trails!


Students stay warm and have a blast while learning outside!


As we enter the new year and our calendar fills up, we welcome three new field instructors to our EEC team. They are excited to help fulfill the goal of educating and engaging students from all across the region in beautiful CVNP!

Lauren Herr


  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio
  • Focus of study: Nursing
  • Interesting fact: “I ♥ rock climbing and Beyoncé.”

Kelli Kinzig


  • Hometown: Centerville, OH
  • Focus of study: Early Childhood Education
  • Interesting fact: “When I was little I used to be mistaken for MaryKate and Ashley Olsen.”

Megan Lemmo


  • Hometown: Brimfield, OH
  • Focus of study: Wildlife Conservation
  • Interesting fact: “I lived in Australia for about 6 months.”

Spring is going to be an exciting time with lots of new developments happening, so be sure to check in to stay up to date!

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