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Students, parents, and grand parents joined us for our Martin Luther King Day trek to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (CVNP) We started our journey at the frigid, blustery Crestwood Intermediate School parking lot. Matt Sorrick, director of Science Education for Hiram College and pre-service teacher, Anna Chincinnelli helped to supervise 13of my students. We started our day by hiking to the Beaver Marsh along the towpath for the Erie Canal. Students observed evidence of fresh gnawing by the beavers plus looked into the remains of an existing lock. Next stop was the Boston Store with canal exhibits and viewing of the "Generations" PBS video of CVNP's history. Lunch was eaten inside the Ledges Shelter while Mr. Bob Yehil answering trekkers questions about his personal history. Mr. Yehil served as park ranger for thirty two years when CVNP was a metro park for Summit County with only 6,000 acres. (The existing CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres stretching as a corridor between Akron and Cleveland. Our day was complete with a hike of Ritchie Ledges where students explored hidden passages and caves formed from the ancient river bed that once covered the valley. A highlight of our trek was roasting smores and hot dogs over the fire inside the shelter. Trekkers had an enjoyable but cold day in the park!
Rosemary Krupar teaches 3rd grade at Crestwood Intermediate School. She is working as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.