• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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Environmental Education

The National Park Service partners with the Alice Ferguson Foundation and local schools in the Bridging the Watershed environmental education program, which includes field studies for students, institutes and workshops for teachers, and curriculum and lessons. The C&O Canal hosts thousands of school groups each year as they explore the Potomac River and become better stewards of it. Learn how to participate in this hands-on, field-based activity at a site near you by visiting the Bridging the Watershed website.

Did You Know?

Photo canal boat exiting lock 20.

Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.