Education Programs

2018 Student Explorer-Now Booking!


View our 2018 Education Calendar. Please call our customer service staff at 234-759-0100 to book your trip or with any other questions!

March 2018

March 2nd – March 28th

Wednesdays out of Akron at 10:30am

Fridays out of Rockside at 10:30am

April 2018

April 4th– April 27th

Wednesdays out of Akron at 10:30am

Thursday and Fridays out of Rockside at 10:30am

May 2018

May 1st – May 30th

Tuesday and Thursdays out of Rockside at 10:30am

*We will not run May 17th, 24th, and 31st 

Wednesdays out of Akron at 10:30am 


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

Akron Northside – Akron
27 Ridge Street
Akron, OH 44308


Climb aboard for this one hour and 30 minute train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! On board, a National Park Volunteer will conduct a 45 minute long program. Throughout the remainder of your trip, you and your students will take in the wonder of the National Park! Classes are able to bring on their own packed lunch to enjoy on board as well.


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

*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: 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.


Students: $8.00                       Teachers: $10.00

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.


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.


Please call our customer service staff at 234-759-0100 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. We will offer up to 4 different programs per trip. Meaning, the first 4 schools to select a program will be the only programs offered that day.