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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
The Towpath and Canalway Adventures in CVNP await!
Six Marquee Events and 94 Other Ways to Revel in Our National Park
Brecksville, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley National Park is inviting everybody to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with more than 100 things to do – special concerts, picnics, and train rides, plus everyday activities like hiking, biking and more.
“It’s a great time to showcase all that the National Park Service offers and introduce this park to the next generation,” says Craig Kenkel, superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “We’re thrilled to host national events connected to the centennial and offer locally created, collaborative activities.”
The six marquee events include:
May 20-21 – National Geographic BioBlitz and BioDiversity Festival – CVNP is the midwest showcase site for the 24-hour national event to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi and other organisms as possible. Findings will be shared live on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Locally, CVNP also will host a festival for celebration and learning about all that is found in nature.
June 18 – Picnic in The National Park – Dine outdoors in your national park the same day as millions of others around the country. Countryside, a private nonprofit supporter of CVNP, will sell special centennial picnic baskets and bags at its weekly Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow. It also will provide special maps so picnickers can find their special spot.
July 17 – The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center – Enjoy music to celebrate the NPS centennial as performed by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. As part of the orchestra’s annual series at its summer home, Blossom Music Festival, the concert will include Aaron Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring. The Conservancy for CVNP will announce additional on-site activities at a later date.
July 29-30 – American Solar Challenge – The solar-powered car world gathers in Cuyahoga Valley National Park to begin an 1,800-mile, eight-day race that stops at eight national park sites along the way before ending in South Dakota. Gather at the pre-race sustainability fair July 29 at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, and the next day assemble to cheer at the starting line.
August 20-21 – Party in The National Park: Happy 100th National Park Service – Volunteer for Founders’ Day of Service, picnic in the park with locally created Countryside baskets, enjoy an outdoor concert with a special performance by the Singing Angels, take a ride on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and experience all the national park has to offer.
Nov. 4 – Akron Symphony Orchestra and CVNP Collaboration – Listen to the talented musicians of the Akron Symphony Orchestra while experiencing a visual montage from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron.
CVNP visitors also can participate on other activities, from riding on the new mountain bike trail to taking a leisurely stroll on the Towpath Trail. Whether learning about the history of the park at Boston Store Visitor Center or Canal Exploration Center or tapping your toes at Happy Days Lodge for one of the music series hosted by the Conservancy, visitors will find something to do that fits their interests.
To find The 100 Ways to Celebrate the NPS Centennial in CVNP, visit www.nps.gov/cuva/centennial.htm or http://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/nps100?
Editorial Note: As an Affiliated Unit of the National Park Service, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is proud to be a part of this effort. All of these events take place within our footprint. And, we're particular fans of those involving Canalway Programs:
#26 - Cycle Canalway on 6/4 - http://canalwaypartners.com/events/cycle-canalway/
#55 - Run 26.2 Miles in the 25th Annual Towpath Marathon - https://towpathtrilogy.com/marathon/
#62 - Drive the America's Byway - http://www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/Main/BywayDriving.aspx
#64 - Run one - or all - of the Towpath Trilogy - April, June and October! - https://towpathtrilogy.com/
#74 - Go On a Canalway Quest! - http://www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/Main/Questing.aspx
#77 - Spend the day on the Towpath Trail - http://www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/Main/Pages/56.aspx
#97 - Push a Canal lock gate - http://www.nps.gov/cuva/learn/historyculture/canal-exploration-center.htm
All visitors are encouraged to share their CVNP experiences through the national Find Your Park campaign by using the hashtag #FindYourPark and #CVNP on their social media channels or detailing their story in words or images at www.FindYourPark.com. In addition, we invite you to use #FindYourStory to share your National Heritage Area adventures too.
A special centennial opportunity for fourth graders
The National Park Service introduced a new program, Every Kid in a Park, as part of the centennial celebration. Fourth graders can earn a pass that provides free access for themselves and their families to all federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid through August 31, 2016.
While Cuyahoga Valley National Park doesn’t charge an admission fee, students can earn their national pass locally. Fourth graders need to complete an online activity, print a voucher, and redeem at it Boston Store Visitor Center. Details can be found: www.everykidinapark.gov. Children with the pass can ride free with an adult purchase on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
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