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.



Low Bridge Everybody Down

2 hours | Free

Explore the Canal Exploration Center to learn about the history and economic importance of the Ohio & Erie Canal.  Learn about this time period as you operate a working canal lock, hike on the Towpath Trail and discover primary sources that provide narratives of life during the canal era.

Rockin’ at the Run
2 hours | Free

Hike the Ledges and discover how geologic processes have shaped the land.  Look for evidence of how erosion and deposition have changed the land, examine how weathering occurs and explore the rocks that make up the Ledges.

Ways of the Whittlesey
1.5 hours | Free

Discover the culture of these and other American Indians who once inhabited this region.  Learn about their daily life by examining artifacts, practicing your hunting skills, grinding corn and sharing American Indian stories.


Changing Lands & Human Hands
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.

Garfield: Man, of Many Hats
2 hours | Free

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

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Among the Trees
1.5 hours | Free

Search for and uncover clues about who lives in a forest.  Describe how these organisms interact with their environment.  Investigate the energy flow in this ecosystem by constructing food webs for the organisms we find.

At Water’s Edge
1.5 hours | Free

Discover what organisms live in a pond and describe their adaptations for this aquatic habitat.  Explore animal life cycles and investigate the food webs and energy flow with the animals we find.


Where Was Garfield
2 hours | Free

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

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