Nominate a Fourth Grade Class for a Free Train Ride

Nominate a Fourth Grade Class for a Free Train Ride

The National Park Service’s Open Outdoors for Kids (OOK) campaign gives every fourth-grader the opportunity to visit and experience national parks for free! OOK programs are intended to enable students and teachers to have an increased awareness and engagement of national public and federal lands.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is proud to be a part of the OOK campaign made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation. CVSR will provide fourth-grade students the opportunity to see and learn about Ohio’s only national park at no cost to the school.

In addition to the educational train ride led by staff CVSR will conduct a pre-site visit to the classroom to introduce students to the program. Transportation costs to and from the station will be reimbursed.

Program Qualifications

  • Must be a fourth-grade class
  • Only applicable to Title 1 schools

Here's What to do

1. Click this link: You will be directed to the Conservancy for the National Park’s website to complete a nomination form.

2. Scroll down to “Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: Are We There Yet?”

3. Click “Request Program”

4. Fill out the form and select Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for your program preference. A teacher, principal or other school representative must fill out the form.

After the form is submitted you will be contacted by the Conservancy for the National Park to confirm your request. Filling out the form does not guarantee that you will participate in the OOK program.

For questions about our education program or too see if your school is eligible please contact Anna Hanigosky at

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Lynee Bixler