The National Park Service’s Open Outdoors for Kids 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/Lake View Cemetery for an unforgettable experience.

Step 1: Check out the FREE programs below.
Step 2: Choose your program(s) and fill out the form below.
Step 3: We’ll be in touch to schedule your national park educational experience!

Note: Title 1 schools qualify for Free programming and free transportation.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

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Garfield: Man of Many Hats
James A. Garfield Historic Site/Lake View Cemetery
2-5 hours | Free | November – June

At the Garfield site, students participate in a scavenger hunt to find the “hats” James Garfield wore throughout his lifetime and tour the Garfield home. The optional Lake View Cemetery trip includes visiting the Garfield Memorial, and memorials to Clevelanders who wore other hats – inventor, millionaire, philanthropist, and more. Garfield site trip = 2 hours. Add Lake View Cemetery = 5 hours.

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Where Was Garfield 
James A. Garfield Historic Site/Lake View Cemetery
2-5 hours | Free | November – April (excludes Friday)

At the Garfield site, students create a giant timeline with facts about important Northeast Ohioans who changed the country and the world, and tour the Garfield home. During the optional Lake View Cemetery trip, students tour the Garfield Memorial and investigate important Clevelanders buried in the Cemetery. Garfield site trip = 2 hours. Add Lake View Cemetery = 5 hours.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: Are We There Yet?
Rockside Station and Akron Northside Station.

10:30am to 12pm: 1.5 hours | Free | March 25, 26, and 27, April: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May: Wednesday and Thursday

At the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, students experience the different modes of valley transportation and relate their experience to historical trends in transportation. Learn about the impact of transportation on the valley and its people over time. See how topography and changing technologies have influenced transportation through the valley. Assess the impact of various transportation systems on the environment and quality of life. Wednesday and Friday departures will depart from Rockside Station. Thursday departures will depart from Akron Northside Station.

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Ways of the Whittlesey
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
1.5 hours | Free | (Full for 2019) | available March-April (full May 2020)| Max #90 students/day

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.

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Rockin’ at the Run
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center

2 hours | Free | (Full for 2019) | available March-April (full May 2020) | Max #75 students/day

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.

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Rockin' at the Run by Zaina Salem

Low Bridge Everybody Down
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
2 hours | Free | Aug.-Nov. (Full for 2019) & March-May | Max #60 students/day

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.

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At Water’s Edge
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
1.5 hours | Free | Aug.-Nov. (Full for 2019)  & April-May | Max #30 students/day

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.

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Among the Trees 
Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center
1.5 hours | Free | Aug. -Nov. (Full for 2019) & April-May| Max #60 students/day

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.

 

Cuyahoga River Stanzas with the Wick Poetry Center
Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center
2 hours | Free | Sept.-Nov. & March-April

Explore the ecology and history of the Cuyahoga River through creative writing. A short walk through Pinery Narrows, led by Wick Poetry Center Teaching Artists, offers students a unique chance to investigate and give voice to the many ways the river sustains us. As a source of inspiration and connection, the river will teach us about our relationship to the environment and our communities.

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