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Community Outreach

Cleveland Metroparks rangers bring educational outreach programs to hundreds-of-thousands of Greater Clevelanders each year. Rangers promote safety and crime prevention, and present demonstrations, at public relations events throughout the Park District and local communities.


Cleveland Metroparks rangers can deliver customized presentations based on audience age and interest. Topics include:

Careers: The role of rangers in the Park District, and related employment opportunities. Rangers are state-certified law enforcement officers who ensure the protection and safety of Cleveland Metroparks.

Personal Safety & Crime Prevention: Personal safety and crime prevention tips. It is important to practice personal safety routines while enjoying nature and recreation in Cleveland Metroparks.

Seat Belt Safety: The importance of wearing a seat belt when traveling in an automobile. This critical message is generally delivered to elementary school students.

Ranger Headquarters Tour: Tour of Ranger Headquarters in Rocky River Reservation. Ranger Headquarters houses a state-of-the-art communications center, prisoner holding facilities, a forensic laboratory, and a museum. The museum displays photographs, uniforms, artifacts, and equipment utilized throughout the years.

Bike Patrol Team: The role of the bike patrol ranger in the Park District, and the importance of bicycle laws and safety. Certified police mountain bike rangers patrol off-road areas of Cleveland Metroparks that are not easily accessible in a cruiser.

Dive Team: The role of the SCUBA diver in the Park District, and the importance of water safety. Dive Team rangers respond to water-related emergencies and evidence recoveries, and conduct boat safety inspections in Cleveland Metroparks.

K-9 Unit: The role of the police canine in the Park District. The Ranger Department's state and nationally-certified canines, Radar and Rocky, are used to locate missing persons, apprehend fleeing suspects, and detect illegal drugs in Cleveland Metroparks.

Mounted Unit: The role of the police horse in the Park District. With nearly 23,000 acres of land, and hundreds of miles of trails, the Mounted Unit is essential to the protection and safety of Cleveland Metroparks.


Cleveland Metroparks rangers also provide the following community services:

Car Seat Checks: Ohio law requires that children under 4 years of age, and/or weighing less than 40 pounds, be properly secured in a child safety seat that meets federal standards. Six nationally-certified rangers can inspect or install your child's safety seat. For more information, contact the public information specialist at 440-331-5768.

Youth Fingerprinting: Every parent should maintain a comprehensive record of their child's personal information, for use in an emergency. The Ranger Department has produced a self-inking fingerprint card with space for important information. Contact the public information specialist at 440-331-5768 to request this free card.

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