Stan Hywet partners with many organizations to amplify the education offerings on the estate.
Our partnership with Akron Public Schools brings 5th and 6th grade students to the estate for hands-on standards-based learning using primary source documents from the archives, and the landscape as a learning lab. Funding for the Akron Public Schools' fifth grade Essential Experiences programming is provided by GAR Foundation.
Watch a video about our collaboration with Akron Public Schools.
- The park traces its roots to the Cuyahoga Valley Association's efforts in the early 1970s to protect the valley from growing development threats
- Culminating with Congressman John F. Seiberling's successful campaign for Congressional designation, the Cuyahoga Valley was recognized as a unit of the National Park System in 1974.
- The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park.
- The Ohio and Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area – designated by Congress in 1996 – to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow.
- As a part of this National Heritage Area, Stan Hywet, along with a variety of other partners including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks, Stark Parks, Metro Parks, and Serving Summit County, participates in the Canalway Questing program- an interactive recreational activity enjoyed by thousands of Canalway visitors every year.
- The OSU Extension – Summit County delivers educational programs and provides information directly to county residents through 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, Community Development and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education programs.
- OSU Extension – Summit County also serves as the portal to The Ohio State University Extension system and to information from other Land Grant colleges and universities across the country.
- Many volunteers who help educate guests in Stan Hywet’s “Beauty in Flight” native butterfly habitat are Ohio Volunteer Certified Naturalists.
- The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park partners with the OSU Extension and offers an OCVN (Ohio Certified Naturalist) training program each spring.
- Summit County Educational Service Center is dedicated to providing leadership in the areas of staff development, in-service, technological developments, student development, curriculum and instruction development, current educational processes, legal developments, and fiscal developments.
- Stan Hywet and Summit County ESC partner to provide quality educational experiences and professional development programs to educators throughout the region.
- Summit Metro Parks manages 11,500 acres, including 14 developed parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
- The system's natural-area parks are open 365 days a year and provide passive outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.
- Stan Hywet collaborates with outside organizations such as the The University of Akron - the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and Conservancy for the Cuyahoga National Park to offer a variety of on-site continuing education workshops and professional development sessions (many providing continuing education credits upon class completion) throughout the year.
Other Partner Facts
- Between 1929 and 1949, F.A. Seiberling donated over 500 acres of the 1,700 acre Stan Hywet estate.
- This land became the basis of Sand Run Metro Park and Goodyear Heights Metro Park.
- In 1964, land formerly owned by the Seiberling family was purchased to create F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, a special-use area that has been set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature