• Coal Cargo Boat in the middle of the Canal being pulled by a mule team on the right hand side.

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

Williamsport Field Trips

Students close the lock doors at Lock 44.

Students open and close the lock gates to Lock 44 as they learn about the engineering and science behind the canal and how canawlers lived everyday.

Photo courtesy of Mike Mitchell

Programs are offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To schedule a field trip to Williamsport, e-mail us, or call (301) 714-2213. The address is 205 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, MD 21795.

Exploring the Cushwa Basin (4th Grade). Students develop an appreciation for the C&O Canal as they walk in the footsteps of those who lived and worked along the Canal. We make connections to our transportation and commerce history, the Civil War, and canal engineering. We also cover earth processes, such as weathering and erosion, and explore the canal's link to the Potomac River. Location: Cushwa Basin, Williamsport. Length: 4 hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.


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