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Exploring the C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Maryland

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The C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin tour covers science, math, engineering and history.
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Students explore the historic C&O Canal at Williamsport, Maryland on a half day education program. This program is designed for grades 3-5 and provides students with hands-on learning in science, math, engineering and history. From touring a historic canal lockhouse and operating a canal lock, to examining evidence of earth processes, to scavenger hunts and engaging discussion through real life case studies, students will come to know and appreciate the C&O Canal as an important part of our nation's past and gain an understanding of how the canal is relevant to their lives today.


Download the Plan Your Visit Guide for additional program information.


Pre-visit classroom activity: A Journey on the C&O Canal
Post-visit classroom activities: C&O Canal Case Studies, C&O Canal Reader's Theater, C&O Canal Mapping Activity


Please note: We are taking reservations for the 2014-15 school year! If you are eager to get scheduled now, please e-mail us  or call (301) 714-2213 to reserve a date. Include your phone number, class size, grade, and preferred date. We will confirm your reservation via email or by phone within 3 business days.  


African American History and Culture, Biology: Plants, Civil War, Commerce and Industry, Conservation, Earth Science, Economics, Engineering, Environment, Family Life, History, Hydrology, Regional Studies, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Transportation, Westward Expansion
National/State Standards:
English Language Arts, Speaking and Listening, Comprehension and Collaboration:
ELA-Literacy W4.25.3
ELA-Literacy RI4.1, 2
ELA-Literacy SL4.1, 4

Next Generation Science Standards:
4-ESS2-1 Earth Systems
4PS3-1 Energy
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