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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • NEW Overnight parking system

    Before parking a vehicle overnight in any Canal Parking area, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Print your reciept and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center. More »

  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island, Jordan Junction and Big Woods Hiker Biker Campsites have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.

  • Boat Tours at Great Falls

    Due to low water levels in the Great Falls area, call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714) in advance of your trip to confirm the mule-drawn boat tour schedule.

  • Parking Lot Closure

    CSX is now beginning a phase of their bridge project that requires the closure of the Lock 74 parking lot for approximatly 18 months. Access to visitor parking near Lock 75 is now re-opened with a gravel parking lot at the site.

Curriculum Materials

We are in the process of updating our curriculum materials web pages. Thanks for your patience!

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is expanding its classroom activities. Coming spring 2014, we will have Common Core classroom activities posted for pre-K to 5th grade. Creative and talented teachers from Allegany County Public Schools have helped develop these lessons. We are heading to the Great Falls area next. If you are looking for a fun and rewarding professional development opportunity, join our curriculum team.

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    The C&O Canal, A Place of Refuge, Recreation, and Reflection: grade 4

    The C&O Canal, A Place of Refuge, Recreation, and Reflection: grade 4

    Years after boats carrying goods ceased floating down the canal, one man would take a stand to save this national treasure from development and destruction. This man, Justice William O. Douglas, recognized that that the C&O Canal offered a place of refuge, recreation and reflection to all who took the opportunity to just “take a walk.” In this lesson, students take a walk with Justice Douglas and think about what they would do if a place they loved was threatened with development.

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    C&O Canal Mapping Activity: grade 4

    C&O Canal Mapping Activity: grade 4

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as a pre- or post-field trip activity. Students will construct and interpret a map using map elements and locate places and describe the human and physical characteristics of those places.

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    C&O Canal Reader's Theater: grade 4

    C&O Canal Reader's Theater: grade 4

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as post-field trip activity. Students will use our script and slide show to retell the story of Captain Meyers, the day his boat ended up in Conococheague Creek after the aqueduct wall failed.

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    A Journey on the C&O Canal: grades 3, 4, 5

    A Journey on the C&O Canal: grades 3, 4, 5

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone or as a pre-activity to a canal visit. This lesson addresses a host of indictors and objectives in both reading and social studies. Students will learn why the C&O Canal is an amazing accomplishment in Maryland’s history, understand more about the genre of historical fiction, and describe what a typical nine-year old canal boy and family were like in the late 1800’s.

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    C&O Canal Case Studies: grades 3, 4, 5

    C&O Canal Case Studies: grades 3, 4, 5

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as a post-field trip activity. This lesson addresses critical thinking and analysis skills. There are three case studies from which to choose. Students will read the case study, list pros and cons, and discuss what decision they made and why.

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    C&O Canal Case Studies

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as a post-field trip activity. This lesson addresses critical thinking and analysis skills. There are three case studies from which to choose. Students will read the case study, list pros and cons, and discuss what decision they made and why.

Did You Know?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.