• 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.

Value Diversity

Engaging Diverse Youth

C&O Canal Engages Diverse Youth Through Programming, Internships and Workforce Recruitment

In 2012 the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park identified and pursued numerous methods for increasing diversity in the workforce. During the summer season, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park successfully increased the diversity of its staff through the recruitment and hiring of employees representing traditionally underserved and under-represented minority groups. In order to meet the needs of the park's diverse audience and encourage increased park stewardship in the community through authentic, relevant visitor contact, the park hired two Spanish speaking interpreters of Hispanic lineage who have generated written materials and interpretive programs geared towards a Spanish speaking audience. These positions were made possible with funding obtained through the National Park Service's Latino Youth Employment grant program.

The park also continues to actively recruit seasonal rangers from the African American community for additional cultural diversification and increased diversified relevance. Further diversity through the hiring of minority employees has been made possible through the National Park Service's Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. Additionally, urban and diverse youth attending college at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, are encouraged to consider careers in park law enforcement through the Pro Ranger partnership.

Through volunteer program, the park is enabling high school and college aged youth from neighboring communities to explore national parks, fostering increased park stewardship and a love of history and environmental awareness through service- learning projects designed for groups and individuals.

Since March 2009 the C&O Canal Internship Program has provided educational opportunities to 44 interns who've contributed over 7,645 volunteer hours. The Intern Program achieved a diversity population of 42.5 % and included students from five high schools, two community colleges and several four-year colleges. Also diverse were the fields in which the students assisted park operations, with a broad range of career fields including information technology, information security, graphic design, web design, business management, office technology, civil engineering, and interpretation.

Finally, the C&O Canal supported the National Capital Region Diversity Plan and submitted an extensive worksheet outlining diversity and inclusion goals for each division in the park. Additionally, park staff directly served as the Co-chair of the Regional Diversity Team, leading park, region diversity initiatives, and participating in National Park Service-wide relevancy, diversity and inclusion efforts.

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.