• 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

For Teachers

A ranger and class walk the towpath.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park facilitates student-driven discovery and learning along 184.5 miles of historic canal towpath.
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Spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is within a 45-minute drive of an estimated 1,000,000 school aged children in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The park provides opportunities for students to directly experience a national park, exploring natural and historical resources in a setting that provokes thought, inspires wonder and ignites understanding.
Students move the lockgate at Williamsport.

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Field Trips. Come see us at one of the C&O Canal's education sites in Maryland: Cumberland, Williamsport, and Great Falls. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, we offer limited bus scholarships.

An historic, black and white image of a canal boat leaving a lock

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Curriculum Materials. Find classroom activities and lesson plans about the canal using historic photographs, reading material, and videos.
A ranger walks with local teachers along the C&O Canal towpath.

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Professional Development. The C&O Canal is proud to partner with local school teachers and the C&O Canal Trust to develop curriculum materials and offer professional development opportunities.

A graphic of a canal boat and Great Falls tavern, representing the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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Canal Classroom Corps. The park partners with the C&O Canal Trust to deliver high-quality education programs via the rangers, teachers, and volunteers of the Canal Classroom Corps.

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