Companion Features

Interactive Web Site:
Western Reserve Public Media’s Web site for Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park will go live on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, followed by the launch of the full site closer to the show’s Sept. 27 premiere.

Key features of the site include the following:

  • Free video on demand of Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park beginning Friday, Oct. 1, 2009.
  • Additional footage shot during production of the program
  • Full-length interviews and oral histories of all the participants in the filming
  • Photography shot during the production
  • Social media opportunities to share your story — the public can post their own Cuyahoga Valley National Park artwork, videos and photos and can contribute on-site blog entries
  • Podcasts that people can download and take with them of great places to visit in CVNP Program Overview


Community Engagement
Western Reserve Public Media held public events at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in January, April and May of 2009 to collect the following:

  • More than 40 videotaped oral histories
  • Hundreds of photos
  • Dozens of items of historical and personal significance


Educational Components
Educational resources for the project include an interdisciplinary teacher guide for middle school classrooms with a theme of “preserve and protect.” It offers lessons in mathematics, language arts, science, social studies and art. The guide is available online and in print.

Additional online features include a board game, a virtual tour of the park and podcasts created for the project. Western Reserve Educational Services will present professional development workshops this fall to help educators integrate the multimedia materials into their lesson plans. For more information, call Ria Mastromatteo at 1-800-554-4549.

Serving on the educational resources team were project leader Ria Mastromatteo, education content producer with Western Reserve Public Media; Cathy Adler, language arts teacher, Brown Middle School, Ravenna; Amy Franks, visual art teacher, Bath Elementary; Darren Saylor, science teacher, North Olmsted Middle School; Melanie Stuthhard, social studies teacher, Revere Middle School; and Arrye Rosser, interpretive and education specialist, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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