After learning about the park and other green areas around Northeast Ohio, many might feel the need to get involved. Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a volunteer program where you can become a steward — a person that helps protect the park through events, programs and outreach. It's a partnership with the National Park Service [...]
Meet Lisa Meranti: One of the Many Watershed Stewards in Northeast Ohio
Lisa Meranti likes to say, "Spread the message downstream." She's been with the Cleveland Metroparks for a more than three years as the Watershed Stewardship Program coordinator. The stewardship program is a type of citizen science — it combines education programs about the watershed along learning how to reach out to the community and get [...]
Peninsula: The Small Park Town That ‘Has Not Changed At All’ Centuries Later
Traveling throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park, people might come across a small town tucked away in the heart of the park — Peninsula. Visitors are greeted by a white church and small strip of shops and restaurants. There aren’t any chain stores like Starbucks or Rocknes — it’s all locally-owned businesses with more than 22 [...]
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History Within History Itself
At this point, we've heard a lot about the Cuyahoga River's history — how it burned more than a dozen times decades ago, the way it helped fuel an environmental movement and how it went from hazardous to one of the most recreationally used rivers in Ohio. If you're walking along the Portage Hike & [...]
The Small Town the River Helped to Build
If you've ever gone through or visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you might have seen a small town called Peninsula. Depending on which way you're coming from, you're greeted by a white church, a small police station, a few shops and the Winking Lizard restaurant — a popular place for locals. The town gets a [...]
How the Cuyahoga River Went from Dangerous to Beneficial
The Cuyahoga River just passed its 50th anniversary of the fire that famously dubbed the waters as "The Burning River" on June 22, 1969. But in March of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that fish from the Cuyahoga River were deemed safe to eat, despite decades of restrictions. How exactly did we [...]
Invasive species — What exactly does that mean?
The term "invasive species" gets thrown around quite a bit in environmental science — but what exactly does it mean? If you're thinking it's something that "invades privacy," or that it's "a lot" of something, you're on the right track. A invasive species is a species that is not native to the area and can [...]
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