The National Park Service’s Every Kid in a Park campaign gives every fourth-grader the opportunity to visit and experience national parks for free! Bring your students out to Cuyahoga Valley National Park or James A. Garfield Historic Site for an unforgettable experience.

Step 1: Check out Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center’s and James A. Garfield’s Historic Site’s FREE programs below.
Step 2: Choose your program(s) and fill out the form below.
Step 3: We’ll get in touch with you to schedule your national park educational experience!

Note: Free programming and free transportation for qualified schools.


Among the Trees
Fall & Spring | 1.5 hours | Free

Uncover clues about the inhabitants of local fields and forests and learn how both of these natural habitats change with time. Learn more >

At Water’s Edge
Fall & Spring | 1.5 hours | Free

Learn what’s living beneath the surface of a pond. Understand how these organisms depend on each other for survival.  Learn more >

Changing Lands & Human Hands
Fall & Spring | 2.5 hours | Free

Students will engage in Ohio’s history through hands-on stations that reveal how the state’s landscape and geology influence its human inhabitants. Learn more >

Garfield: Man, of Many Hats
Fall & Spring | 2 hours | Free

Experience a ranger-led guided tour of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and after the tour, students will complete a self-guided scavenger hunt on the grounds of the former president’s home. Learn more > 

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Low Bridge Everybody Down

Fall & Spring | 2 hours | Free

 Students will learn about the history and importance of the Ohio & Erie Canal while helping operate a working canal lock and hiking on the Towpath Trail.

Rockin’ at the Run
Fall & Spring | 2 hours | Free

Hike along Haskell Run to the Ledges looking for evidence of how geologic forces have shaped the landscape and what environments formed the rock layers.

Ways of the Whittlesey
Fall & Spring | 1.5 hours | Free

Discover the culture of these and other American Indians who one inhabited this region. Practice your hunting skills, grind corn, and listen to American Indian stories. This program can travel to your school.

Where Was Garfield
Fall & Spring | 2 hours | Free

Experience a ranger-led guided tour of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and after the tour, students will use primary and secondary sources of information in the Visitor Center to create a life-sized timeline. Learn more > 

All the Rivers Run, Level I
September-November & March—May | Four days, three nights | Scholarships available

All the Rivers Run is an overnight field trip learning experience that your students will never forget! Correlated to the Common Core and newly revised science and social studies standards, our dynamic environmental education program is designed to complement what students learn in the classroom. Learn more > 



Every Kid In A Park