Education Programs

Education Programming Spring 2019

Education programming provides hands-on instruction which correlates to the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Life Sciences, History, Geography, Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities and Visual and Oral Communication.

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! Classes can bring on their own packed lunch to enjoy on board as well.


  • Wednesday, March 27 out of Akron at 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, March 29 out of Rockside at 10:30 a.m.

April 3-26

  • Wednesdays out of Akron at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays and Fridays out of Rockside at 10:30 a.m.

May 1-30

  • Wednesdays out of Akron at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays out of Rockside at 10:30 a.m.

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 ten 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

We require a 50% non-refundable deposit 5 business days after they book their reservation. 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.

When You Are Ready to Book

Please book no later than 1 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 call Bryanna Chisolm at 1-800-468-4070 x 221 or email at to book your trip or with any other questions! We request you have all your booking information readily available so that we can efficiently reserve your trip.

Education Programming is limited, and we book programs on a first come, first serve basis. We will offer up to 4 different programs per trip. Meaning, the first 4 schools to select a program will be the only programs offered that day.