Education Programs

Bring your students aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to experience the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in an exciting way!

Spring Programs
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!
Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten
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.
 
 
Summer Programs
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.
 
Cuyahoga Critters
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. 
 
Canal Camp
Grade Level: any age
Students travel up to the Canal Visitor Center where the students will engage with interactive maps and games and explore why a growing nation needed canals. Meet people who lived or worked along the Ohio & Erie Canal, a diary entry by a teenage canal worker. They will reboard the train after about an hour at the canal exploration center, and return to Peninsula. 
 
 
May 2015 - Spring Programs
  • 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)

June 10th - August 28th 2015 - Summer Programs

  • Wednesdays: Cuyahoga Critters departs Peninsula at 9:40am returns at 11:30am
  • Wednesdays: Canal Camp departs Peninsula at 11:30am returns at 1:40pm
  • Fridays: Cuyahoga Critters departs Peninsula at 9:40am returns at 11:30am
  • Fridays:  Canal Camp departs Peninsula at 11:30am returns at 1:40pm

** Trains will not run on Friday, July 3rd due to holiday weekend

Seats are limited, please note that all programs are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. 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

 

 

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