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Contact: Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21742. Call (301) 739-4200 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/choh

Replica Canal Boat Ride at Great Falls Tavern
Replica Canal Boat Ride at Great Falls Tavern.

C&O Canal participates in the Bridging the Watershed at various locations throughout the park..

Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. (202) 653-5190

Mule-Drawn Canal Boat Rides Enjoy a 1 hour mule-drawn ride on a reproduction 19th century canal boat. Experience locking through a historic lift lock while rangers in period clothing describe the history and the lives of the families that worked on the canal during the 1870's. Reservations and fee information (202) 653-5190.

Black Georgetown Remembered Middle & High School, 2 hours, 20 students or less. Students join a park ranger on a tour of Georgetown, stopping at sites with African-American interest. Students will explore the important role African-Americans played in the economic and cultural life of Georgetown from its beginnings as a tobacco port to the present.

Canal Kids! Elementary School, 30 minutes, 20 students or less. Students will experience how children lived, learned, and played on this 19th century waterway. Students will participate in completing old time chores, grooming the mules, as well as singing some silly boat songs! The program focuses on the similarities and differences to today's culture.

Canal Music All grades, 30-45 minutes, 25 students or less. Students will hear and learn traditional folk music that canal families would have played and enjoyed. Instruments that will be played include the concertina, guitar, dulcimer, and washboard. Join us for a celebration of American songs from 1800 to the present!

Divided Town: Georgetown during the Civil War Middle & High School, 90 minutes, 20 students or less. Students will tour sections of Georgetown, focusing on the city during the Civil War. By the end of the tour, the students will understand how the war tested the loyalties and changed the fortunes of the residents of this town on the border between north and south.

Little Moccasins along the Potomac 3rd-5th grade, 1 hour, 15 students or less. Students will learn about the life of Native American children who lived along the Potomac River. The program examines the similarities and differences to today's culture. Students will also participate in making a clay pot to take home.

Port of Georgetown Middle & High School, 1 hour, 20 students or less. Students join a park ranger for a walk and talk on the history of Georgetown's once hustling, bustling port. Students will explore how the neighborhood's waterfront has changed through the years. The program emphasizes early transportation history and industry along the Potomac River.

Potomac River: Past & Present High School, 1 hour, 20 students or less. Students join a park ranger for a talk about the Potomac River. Students will explore how successive local peoples have viewed and used the "Nation's River" from Neolithic times to the present. The program emphasizes geography's effect on the history, transportation, and settlement of the region.

Who Polluted the Potomac? 4th-6th grade, 1 hour, 30 students or less. Students participate in a hands-on activity to examine how trash and pollution impacts their environment. By the end of the program students will learn ways to reduce and prevent water pollution and how personal choices can make a difference. The program can also include a 30 minute walk to investigate the signs of human activity along the waterfront.

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854. (301) 767-3714.

Please Note: The mule drawn canal boat rides at Great Falls, Maryland will not be available in 2003. For more information please visit http://www.nps.gov/choh/nr042803.htm.

Mule-Drawn Canal Boat Rides Enjoy a 1 hour mule-drawn ride on a reproduction 19th century canal boat. Experience locking through a historic lift lock while rangers in period clothing describe the history and the lives of the families that worked on the canal during the 1870's. Reservations and fee information (301)299-3613.

Hancock Visitor Center, 326 E. Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750. (301) 678-5463

Williamsport Visitor Center, 205 W. Potomac Street, Willamsport, MD 21795. (301) 582-0813

C&O Canal NHP participates in the PARTNERS for Education program in the Four Locks area.

Brunswick Visitor Center, 40 W. Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21716. (301) 739-4200 ext. 0

Cumberland Visitor Center, Western Maryland Station, 13 Canal Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. (301) 722-8226

Basic Needs Now and Then 3rd grade, 1 hour, Spring Gap, 40 students or less. Students will work in cooperative groups to draw conclusions about how Native Americans met their basic needs through observation of the landscape. Students will participate in various activities that involve the five basic needs and at the end of the activity, will be able to recognize the importance of cooperation among Native Americans.

Canal Boat Tour/Boat Turnaround Demonstration 3rd gradem 1 hour, Canal Boat, 40 students or less. Students will tour the canal boat and use a rope to represent a boat turning in the basis as a whole group activity. At the end of the activity the students will be aware of the difference in cargo size between types of transportation and how cargo size increases with modernization of transportation.

Cumberland Visitor Center/Transportation Walk 3rd grade, 1 hour, Cumberland Visitor Center/Canal Place, 40-60 students. Students will learn about the canal and canal life through hands-on activities in the visitor centr and a guided transportation walk. At the end of the activity, students will realize the importance of the coal industry to Allegany County and the canal operation.

I'm a Mystery, Tell My History 3rd grade, 1 hour, Oldtown, 40 students or less. Students will work in cooperative groups to read and solve historical riddles based on canal artifacts. By the end of the activity, the students will be able to locate where artifacts would have been used along the C&O Canal by following mystery cards to the correct sites and draw conclusions about the Oldtown community and canal life.

Time in a Tree 3rd grade, 1 hour, Spring Gap, 40 students or less. Students will explore the field of Science by examining trees along the canal. The students will participate in an activity that shows how trees gain certain nutrients to survive. At the end of the activity, students will be able to draw conclusions about the conditions necessary for healthy tree growth along the river and along the canal.

Locking Through 4th grade, 1 hour, Canal Boat at Canal Place and Lock House 75, Adaptable. Students will form cooperative groups and accurately measure the dimensions of a canal boat and lift lock. At the end of the activity, students will then demonstrate their understanding of the locking-through process by role-playing the action of a canal boat entering and exiting a lock.

Oldtown Lock 70 4th grade, 1-2 hours, Oldtown Lock 70, 15-30 students. Students will analyze plants and animals along the towpath and observe how the food chain is involved in this particular ecosystem. Students will also examine water samples from the canal and discuss how differences in conditions around the canal would affect the ecosystem and therefore the food chain.

Paw Paw Tunnel 4th grade, 2 hours, Paw Paw Tunnel, 40 students. Students will observe a topographic map and analyze the difference in elevation while walking along the towpath. Then, working in cooperative groups, the students will use this information to construct a three dimensional model out of clay.

Sorrel Ridge Geology 5th grade, 1-1 1/2 hours, Paw Paw Tunnel, 15-60 students. Students will tour the Paw Paw Tunnel and identify examples of weathering (ex. The lettering on the tunnel has been worn away, the big pieces of rock that have fallen, plants growing in the rock itself). As students are observing different geological formations at the Paw Paw Tunnel, they will be able to identify an anticline formation and a syncline formation and compare the two.

Tunneling Through Time 5th grade, 1 1/2-2 hours, Paw Paw Tunnel, 15-60 students. Students will work in groups to compare the hardships endured with that of the Paw Paw Tunnel, understand the benefits of the tunnel, and appreciate the amount of effort that it took to complete the tunnel.

Canal Place 5th grade, 3-5 days, Classroom and Canal Terminus at Western Maryland Station Site. 30-60 students. The students will divide into three groups. One group will tour the museum and the canal boat. The second group will measure a section of the canal basin and discuss its use, history, and the number of boats it served. The third group will become "history detectives" and try to determine where original canal sites were located by comparing landmarks still in existence today with what they see on historical photographs.

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