Education Programs

We will begin accepting reservations for the Spring 2016 Student Explorer programs in late January 2016. 


Programs Offered
Deer’s Ears – Explore Your Five Senses!
Grade Level: Preschool – K
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 you nose as good as a coyote? Can you hear as well as a deer? Are your eyes as sharp as an owl? Are your taste buds the same as a raccoon? Is your sense of touch similar to a river otter? This interactive program will utilize you and your senses as you explore Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
All Aboard for Animals
Grade Level: K – 3rd
Through the use of American Indian storytelling and props your group will learn about the animals that call CVNP home. Then we’ll peer out the windows of the train to search for the animals as they scurry from our train. This program inspires a wonder revelation of the natural beauty of CVNP. This program will help your students heighten their discovery skills while interacting with the physical environment. 
Are We There Yet? Transportation in the Valley
Grade Level: 4th6th
*Fourth Grade Teachers! Ask about the “Every Kid in a Park” program when booking your reservation*
Each new mode of transportation changed 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: 5th8th
This program will take your students on a journey that is filled with harsh realities and hope that are the Underground Railroad. Students travel though an area utilized by runaway slaved and participate in hands – on and interactive activities. Join Park Rangers and costumed characters as they draw your students into a complex period of history when individuals used their lives to change the world.
Dates, Times, Departure Locations
MARCH 2016
March 2nd – March 30th 
Wednesdays out of Rockside at 10:30am
Fridays out of Akron at 10:30am
*We will not run on Friday, March 25th in observation of Good Friday
APRIL 2016
April 1st – April 30th 
Wednesday and Thursdays out of Rockside at 10:30am
Fridays out of Akron at 10:30am 
MAY 2016
May 2nd – May 31st
Mondays out of Rockside at 11:00am
Tuesdays out of Rockside at 10:30am
Wednesdays and Thursdays out of Akron at 10:30am 
*We will not run the week of May 16th19th due to our Day out with Thomas event
To view the Student Explorer calendar, please CLICK HERE
Departure Locations
Rockside Station – Independence
7900 Old Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131 
Akron Northside Station
27 Ridge Street
Akron, OH 44308
Education Rates
Students: $7.00 Teachers: $9.00
For every 10 students you book, 1 teacher/chaperone rides for free. 
*Limit of 152 passengers per day. If requesting a group larger than 152 people, we require a non-refundable deposit within 5 business days of reserving your date.
Payments and Due Dates
Deposit is due 30 business days prior to your trip. If we have not received a deposit by the indicate due date, the seats allotted for your school will be released. No exceptions.
*If booking less than 30 business days prior to your trip, payment in full is due upon making your reservation. 
Final count is due 15 business days prior to your trip. After this date you are responsible to pay for the number of tickets being held for your school.  We do not issue refunds under any circumstances. 
Final payment is due 10 business days prior to your trip.  If we have not received a final payment by the indicated due date, the seats allotted for your school will be released and your deposit will be forfeited. No exceptions.
When You Are Ready To Book
Please call our Customer Service Staff at 1-800-468-4070 ext. 1 to book your trip or with any other questions! We request you have all of your booking information readily available so that we can efficiently reserve your trip. Upon calling, please have at least three dates that work for your school. 
Education Programming is limited and we book programs on a first come, first serve basis. Throughout the month of March we will offer 3 programs per trip, throughout the months of April – May we will offer up to 5 programs per trip. Meaning, the first 3 or 5 schools to select a program will be the only programs offered that day. 


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