NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!

The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at (and and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.

National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!


Call to Action Projects 

  • Canal as a Living Classroom

    Living History volunteer helps children operate lock arm.

    Parks offer living classroom with lessons in history and natural sciences for anyone who wishes to participate. By involving youth in discovery activities in our National Parks, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park hopes to ignite the fire of curiosity kindling within the next generation. Read more

  • Adopting next generation stewards

    Rangers meet with students along Potomac River

    Spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is estimated to have nearly 1,000,000 school aged children within a 45-minute drive. Find out how the park is adopting a class and engaging students through education over the next four years. Read more

  • Valueing differences in our staff

    Staff line up to celebrate the Centennial

    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. Read more

  • The youth are our future

    Seasonal law enforcement ranger

    We like to see our seasonal employees going places! Read more

  • Keeping staff and visitors safe

    Park staff and trail grader on towpath.

    During 2012, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park made notable advances in safety by empowering employees and equipping them with the proper skills and training through Operational Leadership, a training focused on assessing daily risk management and utilizing safety as part of a daily operation. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740


(301) 739-4200

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