The Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center is situated in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a few miles from Peninsula, OH. It is surrounded by miles of trails, wetlands and ponds, and 500 acres of woodlands.
The Education Center can house up to 128 people on site and have a full kitchen staff serving three hot meals a day. Living and learning inside a national park certainly has its rewards. Feel your worries melt away as you enter our campus that is closed to the public and tucked in the heart of Ohio’s National Park.
Cozy living spaces give program participants a chance to fully immerse themselves in park life. This dormitory provides air-conditioned and heated living facilities for up to 64 people. The dorm includes seven separate bunk rooms on two floors, with a common area. Two group restrooms and shower facilities, as well as two individual, handicapped-accessible restrooms, are available on the ground floor.
This building on the north side of campus includes both our primary dining facility and science lab. The dining hall fits up to 80 people on two levels, with a full-service kitchen serving three hot meals a day. Next door, the Lipscomb Lab houses scientific equipment, where students have an opportunity to examine some of the stream samples or other items they’ve collected during classes in the field.
The Lipscomb fire circle is located in the woods near the center of campus, close to Lipscomb Dorm and November Lodge. This is a great spot for evening stories around the campfire on our rustic wooden benches.
Program participants can see food go garden-to-table before their eyes at our onsite hoop house and garden. Hoop house herbs and veggies regularly pop up in meals at the Education Center—a truly local treat.
Designed as a “green” building, November Lodge is home to our largest indoor gathering space for up to 150 people, featuring a gorgeous raftered ceiling, as well as our library and art room. The building itself is a great example of sustainable, eco-friendly architecture, with its use of geothermal heating, solar power, and recycled building materials.
Our main administrative building includes offices for our teaching and administrative staff, as well as a staff meeting room and our maintenance area nearby. Stop by to say hello and meet the people who help make the Education Center a great place to be!
Called a barn because of its characteristic gambrel roof, the White Pines Barn includes a modern multi-purpose classroom and science lab, where program participants can spend time examining their collections or observations from the field.
This modern dormitory is located a bit farther back in the woods and provides air-conditioned and heated living facilities for up to 64 people. The dorm includes six separate bunk rooms on two floors, with a dining room and kitchen on the first floor. Two group bathrooms and shower facilities are provided on the second floor, with two individual, handicapped-accessible bathrooms on the lower floor.
The White Pines fire circle is located just outside the White Pines Dorm, perfect for evening songs and s’mores before bed. Wooden benches surround the stone-lined fire circle.
These on-campus wetlands were created to filter and hold rainwater runoff, as well as provide habitat for wetland birds and other species. This is a great spot to see the abundance of local wildlife in a more open, less densely wooded setting.
The Education Center campus is home to several small ponds, including Cattail Pond, Redwing Pond, Whirligig Pond, and Meadowedge Pond. Birds and wildlife abound in these areas, which are accessible by campus hiking trails. Program participants typically have an opportunity to go “pond dipping” during their stay at the Education Center, with instructors demonstrating the proper way to safely capture and release pond critters.
At this off-campus trailhead along the Towpath Trail in Peninsula, program participants take a trip to the Cuyahoga River to test for oxygen, temperature, turbidity, and more, gauging the river’s health.