Education Programs

IMPORTANT UPDATE: For the safety and health of passengers, staff and volunteers, all Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) train departures have been canceled from March 13 – September 30. CVSR feels a responsibility to the community and we believe the appropriate response to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to cancel train rides.

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Education Programs

Climb aboard for this one hour and 30-minute train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! On board, a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad or National Park Volunteer will conduct a 45-minute-long program. Throughout the remainder of your trip, you and your students will take in the wonder of the National Park!

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Departure Times and Stations

March

Rockside Station at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 25
Friday, March 27

Akron Northside Station at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 26

April

Rockside Station at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays, April 1-30

Akron Northside Station at 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays, April 1-30

May

Rockside Station at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays, May 5-27

Akron Northside Station at 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays, May 7-28

Programs

Deer's Ears - Explore Your Five Senses

Grade Level: Preschool – K

Explore your five senses in a fun filled train ride through the national park. Along the route we’ll answer the questions that little minds want to know: Is you nose as good as a coyote? Can you hear as well as a deer? Are your eyes as sharp as an owl? Are your taste buds the same as a raccoon? Is your sense of touch similar to a river otter? This interactive program will utilize you and your senses as you explore Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

All Aboard for Animals

Grade Level: K – 3rd

Through the use of American Indian storytelling and props your group will learn about the animals that call CVNP home. Then we’ll peer out the windows of the train to search for the animals as they scurry from our train. This program inspires a wonder revelation of the natural beauty of CVNP. This program will help your students heighten their discovery skills while interacting with the physical environment.

Are We There Yet? Transportation in the Valley

Grade Level: 4th – 6th

Each new mode of transportation changed the landscape and the lives of those who call the valley home. This interactive program will transport your students to the past to explore how the canal and railroad changed everything. *Fourth Grade Teachers! Ask about the “Every Kid in a Park” program when booking your reservation*

Explore the Underground Railroad

Grade Level: 5th – 8th
*5th grade is the youngest grade level for the Underground Railroad*

This program will take your students on a journey that is filled with harsh realities and hope that are the Underground Railroad. Students travel though an area utilized by runaway slaved and participate in hands – on and interactive activities. Join Park Rangers and costumed characters as they draw your students into a complex period of history when individuals used their lives to change the world.

Education Rates

Students: $8 
Teachers: $10

For every 10 students you book, one teacher/chaperone rides free. This does NOT include bus drivers or escorts. *Limit 152 passengers per day. If requesting a group larger than 152 people, we require a non-refundable deposit within five business days of reserving your date.

Payments and Due Dates

Final payment is due 10 business days prior to your trip. If we have not received a final payment by the indicated due date, the seats allotted for your school will be released. No exceptions. At this time, a final head count is due. After this date you are responsible to pay for the number of tickets being held for your school. We do not issue refunds under any circumstances.

Policies

Limit of 152 passengers per school. If requesting a group larger than 152 passengers, we ask for you to split the group over a couple days.

Please have students bring on their own packed lunch 

Final head count is due 10 business days prior to your trip. Once we’ve received final count, we will email you a ticket letter which will serve as
your access to the train.

Please arrive to your departure station at 10 a.m. The train departs promptly at 10:30 a.m.

When You Are Ready to Book

Please book no later than one month before the day of your trip.

Due to only running the train with a limit of 152 passengers per day, please have at least three dates that work for your school. We will contact you 20 business days before your trip to confirm the selected date of your trip.

Please contact Anna Hanigosky at 234-759-0086 or  to book your trip. We request you that you have all of your booking information ready so that we can efficiently reserve your trip.

Education programs are limited, and we book programs on a first come, first serve basis. We will offer up to four different programs per trip. Meaning, the first four schools to select a program will be the only programs offered that day.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has canceled all train rides from March 13—September 30 due to COVID-19. View More Information

Memberships and gift certificates will be extended based on the number of months train rides are canceled.