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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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Canal Classroom Corps

Rangers in 19th century costumes open Lock 25 so the boat can enter the lock.
At Great Falls, summer Canal Classroom Corps teachers participate in interpretive programs for all ages.
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The Canal Classroom Corps (CCC) is a group of rangers, teachers, and volunteers who deliver K-12 education programs at various locations along the C&O Canal.

We are always looking for talented teachers and volunteers to help with the education transformation. Teachers and volunteers must hold a current certificate in elementary or secondary education or have experience teaching, substitute teaching, or working with K-12 students in a school environment. Teachers and volunteers will deliver existing curriculum-based, on-site programs to groups as small as 12 and as large as 75. Teachers and volunteers may also visit local schools to deliver programs. Teachers and volunteers deliver programs at least one day a week (8:30 to 2:30) for approximately ten weeks starting in late August and again in mid March. Thanks to the generosity of the C&O Canal Trust, we offer a daily stipend to teachers. Teachers and volunteers must pass a background check and attend a multi-day training.

We are currently accepting applications for Canal Classroom Corps teachers for fall 2014 in Cumberland and Great Falls. Training will be in late July to early August. If you are interested, please call 301-491-1517 or email us.
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The C&O Canal Trust is the park's official partner in its education programs.

The Canal Classroom Corps is an education partnership between the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal Trust, as the park's official partner, leads fundraising efforts and explores collaboration opportunities to help the C&O Canal National Historical Park obtain adequate funding to support its education program.

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.