• 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 Tours at Great Falls

    Due to low water levels in the Great Falls area, call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714) in advance of your trip to confirm the mule-drawn boat tour schedule.

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 Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...