• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

Be A Junior Ranger

Jr. Ranger Patch

NPS photo

Hi, kids! Welcome to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. We know that's a mouthful, so just call it the C&O Canal for short.

We are glad you want to become a Junior Ranger. Rangers want to protect plants, wildlife (like turtles and birds) and keep our water clean. Junior Rangers also want to protect historic features so those who come after us can also enjoy them.

The C&O Canal is a historical treasure filled with many wonderful resources. We hope you will explore this national park and unlock the treasures that are waiting to be discovered. You can learn about nature, geology, history and man-made structures by using this booklet as a guide.

Junior Rangers are special people because they have decided to take an active role in the National Park Service Mission, "to preserve and protect our natural, cultural and recreational resources for this and future generations."

Did You Know?

Photo Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...