Alumni & Friends

Passport Cleveland


Our region is so rich in history, great food, diversity and cultural landmarks. Join us as we embark on a series of behind-the scenes adventures to some of Cleveland's best-kept secrets!

We're proud to introduce Cleveland State's new Passport Cleveland Series. Now you may tour fabulous urban farms, enjoy microbrewery tours with tastings, "go local" at ethnic markets, experience Cleveland's Civil War history and much more.

Each tour is prepared exclusively for CSU alumni. Tours are professionally guided and include a walking tour or motorcoach transportation.

Choose one or all four Passport Cleveland Tours, and watch for our fall/winter series, too.

Have an idea for where we should visit next? Call us at 216.687.2078 or e-mail us at

Get to know both Cleveland and your fellow CSU Vikings better. Adventures await with Passport Cleveland!

Sunday, July 13, 2014
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Cost for CSU alumni, staff or student -

General Admission cost per person -
Tour begins and ends at the CSU Student Center

Deadline to Register

June 27, 2014
Call 216.369.9399

Locavore: a person whose diet consists principally of locally grown food.

From-farm-to-table is an exciting trend of Cleveland. Explore urban areas where people are raising animals, fish, fruits and vegetables for the growing diversity of the local food scene while contributing to the sustainability of the planet. From tiny plots to multiacre holdings, discover a bit of country in the city as we explore some unique farms.

The photo above is of Ohio City Farm, six acres of cultivated land just one mile from downtown. Their produce stand, located near the West Side Market, is open Fridays and Saturdays from June to November. A little further from the city, along the shores of Lake Erie, the grass is mowed by a flock of sheep, watched over by urban shepherds and a guardian llama. The land owner determined that leasing sheep to graze grass is cheaper, better for the environment and more effective than mowing. Our Cleveland State University connection, Randy McShepard, is co-founder of Rid-All Green Partnership, which features greenhouses, aquaponic systems and worm composting on their Kinsman-neighborhood farm. They are a training center educating local people how to grow, process, market and sell their food.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6:00 – 10:00 pm

Cost for CSU alumni, staff or student - $70.00

General Admission cost per person -
Tour begins and ends at the CSU Student Center

Deadline to Register
August 1, 2014

Call 216.369.9399

Cleveland's history of beer-making is almost as old as the city itself. By 1910, Cleveland boasted 26 brewing companies, with names like Forest City, Pilsener, and Cleveland Home Brewing Company. That trend continued, with a 13-year break during Prohibition, until the 1970s when the sluggish economy and popular taste for mass-produced beer forced the small brewing companies to close. Then in 1988, a new era of Cleveland beer-making began when the Conway brothers opened Great Lakes Brewing Company. Today it is but one of a dozen small northeast Ohio breweries.

This educational tour will stop at three local microbreweries, with 3-4 samplings at each stop. Between the narration on the motorcoach and the
information on-site from the brew masters, you will learn the entire process of how beer is made. And by the end of the evening, you may find a new favorite beverage!