Spring Education Programs

2017 Spring Education Programs


We are now booking 2017 Spring Education programs! View the Spring Calendar HERE.

Please call our Education Department at 1-800-468-4070 ext. 221 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 up to 3 different programs per trip, throughout the months of April, up to 4 different programs,  in May we will offer up to 5 different programs per trip. Meaning, the first 3 or 5 schools to select a program will be the only programs offered that day.

Dates & Times

MARCH 2017
March 3rd  – March 31st
Wednesdays out of Rockside at 10:30am
Fridays out of Akron at 10:30am

APRIL 2017
April 5th– April 28th
Wednesday and Thursdays out of Rockside at 10:30am
Fridays out of Akron at 10:30am
*we will not run Friday, April 14th in observation of Good Friday

MAY 2017
May 1st – May 17th
Mondays out of Rockside at 11:00am
Tuesdays out of Rockside at 10:30am
Wednesdays and Thursdays out of Akron at 10:30am

Departure Locations

Rockside Station – Independence
7900 Old Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131

Akron Northside Station
27 Ridge Street
Akron, OH 44308

Description of 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: 4th – 6th

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: 5th – 8th

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.

Rates & Policies

Education Rates:

Students: $7.00
Teachers: $9.00

For every 10 students you book, 1 teacher/chaperone rides for free. This does NOT include bus drivers or escorts.

*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:

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. No exceptions.  At this time, a final head count is due.  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.