Trolley Program at Mill Creek MetroParks Receives Award of Excellence
The “Cohasset Express” Trolley Program at Mill Creek MetroParks has been awarded the Thomas Say Naturalist Award of Excellence for Outstanding Event or Program by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). The Thomas Say Naturalist Award of Excellence is given to recognize an event or program that has achieved special merit in its ability to interpret natural heritage.
During the 2014 & 2015 season, 2350 visitors enjoyed guided interpretation on board the open-air “Cohasset Express” trolley. A variety of programs gave riders a chance to explore and appreciate natural elements, historic features, and beautiful views of 125-year-old Mill Creek Park, Ohio’s first park district, all from the comfort of their seats. Both MCMP staff and volunteers have been integral in developing and delivering the trolley programs. “This award represents the wonderful work and dedication the Mill Creek MetroParks staff and volunteers have done on our trolley programs”, says Carol Vigorito, Recreation & Education Director at the park. A typical year of the trolley program includes 3-4 certified drivers, 5-6 volunteer interpretive guides, and Recreation & Education Department staff members who plan the routes & interpretation, and occasionally do the guiding.
Each year, NAI recognizes excellence in interpretation through their professional awards. The trolley tours were judged and awarded as providing excellent natural heritage interpretation. The award was presented at the 2016 annual NAI national workshop in Corpus Christi, Texas, during the meeting of its Interpretive Naturalist Section.