• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Road to Big Slackwater Boat Ramp Closed

    For 60 days contractors will be replacing the bridge on the road to the the boat ramp. The road will be closed for non-offical traffic. More »

  • 15 Mile Creek Campground closed Evening of May 9

    Attention Campers: Fifteenmile Creek Campground will be closed for repairs May 9th, 5pm to May 10th, 1pm. **The nearest alternative car-camping sites are Paw Paw Tunnel located on Mile 156.1 or McCoys Ferry on Mile 110.4. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

Curriculum Materials

These pre and post visit materials will help teachers prepare students for their visit to the park. They can be used for grades 3-5.

It is suggested to view the Journey on the C and O Canal power point before visiting the park. Other activities can be done as either pre or post visit.

Journey on the C and O Canal
Follow Michael O'Leary in 1876 as he journeys down the C&O Canal. History, maps, and historic photos help bring the canal to life.
Lesson Plan
Power Point
Power Point Teacher Notes
Vocabulary
Journal, online version
Journal, printable version

Case Studies
Engage students in critical thinking by using these case studies regarding the park.
In Need of Repairs
To Build or Not Build a Tunnel
Working on the C and O Canal

Erosion Activity
This is a teacher led on-site activity. Use these materials to prepare students for this portion of the field trip.
Earth Processes Teachers Prep
Earth Processes Definitions
Earth Processes Cushwa Basin Map
Earth Processes Observation Sheet
Flood Photos

Mapping Activity
Constructing a C and O Canal Map
Maryland Map 1
Maryland Map 2

C and O Canal Challenge
This enrichment activity incorporates all curriculum. Students work in teams on this all day project which allows for better understanding of canal operations and history. Click here

Readers Theater
Learn about Captain Myers' bad day when the Conococheague Aqueduct was breached. Click here
Conococheague Aqueduct Breach historic photos from 1920

Team Estimation
This is a math activity on estimation and analysis. Click here

Did You Know?

Photo of former Georgetown Flour Mill.

The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property. More...