American Solar Challenge in CVNP

To help celebrate its 100th anniversary, the National Park Service Midwest Region has partnered with the Innovators Educational Foundation on the American Solar Challenge.

From July 30th to August 6th 2016, students from 20 universities around the world will drive their uniquely designed solar-powered cars 1975 miles on the open road- from Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Wind Cave National Park in Hot Springs, South Dakota.


The students will be traveling more than 1900 miles with no gas! The sun will be their only fuel.

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You can track the American Solar Challenge races as they make their journey here: Track the ACS Racers (Google Earth required)

Events such as the American Solar Challenge help to build connections between communities and their local parks. This drive will allow students to connect their work on new technology to nine Midwest National parks in six states.



The Conservancy for CVNP and Ollie the Otter were on hand for the ACS

The National Park Service preserves special places across the country for the enjoyment of all. Part of that preservation includes demonstrating environmental leadership and making sure that we enjoy our parks sustainably.

As part of the 2016 Centennial, the National Park Service is working to develop further research and education programs around the effects of climate change on national park resources. The choices we make affect parks, learn more about how you can get involved here: Climate Change, Get Involved


The 2016 Results are In!

  1. University of Michigan
  2. Dunwoody College of Technology
  3. University of Toronto

American Solar Challenge

Track the 2016 American Solar Challenge cars

Climate Change, Get Involved

American Solar Challenge, Ideastream video