• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.

  • 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.

  • Boat Rides at Great Falls

    Regularly scheduled tour times for the mule-drawn canal boat at Great Falls have changed. In July and August 2014 tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00. More »

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
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 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.