Bring your students aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to experience the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in an exciting way!
Student Explorers are educational based programs presented on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park. These hands-on programs correlate to the Ohio Academic Content Standards and are presented by Cuyahoga Valley National Park Rangers or Volunteers who have been trained by the Rangers.
Choose one of the Educational Programs below (each program is 2 hours long):
Deer's Ears - Explore Your Five Senses!
Explore your five senses in a fun-filled train ride through the national park. Along the route we'll answer the questions that little minds want to know: Is your nose as good as a coyote's? Can you hear as well as deer? Are your eyes as sharp as an owl's? Are your taste buds the same as a raccoon's? Is your sense of touch similar to a river otter's? During this interactive program you will use your senses as you explore the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
All Aboard for Animals
Grades: Kindergarten - 3rd
Through the use of American Indian storytelling and props, your group will learn about the animals that call Cuyahoga Valley National Park home. Then we'll peer out the windows of the train to search for animals as they scurry from the train. This program reveals the natural beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park while helping students heighten their discovery skills and interacting with their physical environment.
Are We There Yet? Transportation in the Valley
Grade Levels: 4th - 6th
Each new mode of transportation changes the landscape and the lives of those who call the valley home. This interactive program will transport your students to the past to explore how the canal and railroad changed everything.
Explore the Underground Railroad
Grade Level: 5th - 8th
This program will take your students on a journey that is filled with the harsh realities and the hope that was the Underground Railroad. Students travel through an area used by runaway slaves and interactive activities. Join Park Rangers and costumed characters as they draw your students into a complex period of history when individuals risked their lives to change the world.
*Please arrive at the specified station by 10:00am for a 10:30am departure.
Wednesdays: Departs from Akron Northside Station
Thursdays: Departs from Rockside Station'
Fridays: Departs from Rockside Station
* Please arrive at the specified station by 10:00am for a 10:30am departure.
Tuesdays: Departs from Akron Northside Station (Please arrive at the station by 10:00am for a 10:30am departure)
Wednesdays: Departs from Akron Northside Station (Please arrive at the station by 10:00am for a 10:30am departure)
Thursdays: Departs from Rockside Station (Please arrive at the station by 10:00am for a 10:30am departure)
Fridays: Departs from Rockside Station (Please arrive at the station by 9:30am for a 10:00am departure)
Seats are limited, please note that all programs are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. During the month are March we will have three cars available for field trips per train, in May we will have five cars available for field trips per train. The train departure times and stations are listed above and will not vary. Please note that cars will be shared based on programs, you may be sharing a car with another class.
Pricing: Students: $7, Teachers: $9*, Chaperones: $9*
*One free adult tickets for every 10 student tickets purchased.
Deposit is due 30 days prior to the trip. Remaining balance is due 10 days prior to trip.
Final count is due 15 days prior to trip. Please remember that seating is limited, additional adult riders must be included in this count.
To inquire about a field trip , please call 1-800-468-4070, ext. 232