Professional Development

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers professional development opportunities for local teachers throughout the year. From teacher workshops to curriculum development projects to summer Teacher-Ranger positions. Most professional development opportunities provide teachers with a generous stipend and/or bus funding to bring their class to the park. This page is updated every season with new opportunities, please check back often and e-mail us or call 301-714-2213 to learn more about opportunities near you.
Canal Park Ranger and a group of teachers on board the Cumberland canal boat replica
Teacher-Ranger-Teachers tour a canal boat replica


Teacher-Ranger-Teachers: Summer 2018 Opportunities

The National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program is a summer professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. Teachers participating in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal's Teacher Ranger Teacher program will have the opportunity to engage with park resources, participate in a national webinar about lesson planning, develop at least one lesson to be used in their classroom or school, and assist the park with an education project. Administration of the program, professional development hours and graduate credit hours will be made available to participants through the University of Colorado, Denver (UC Denver) through a cooperative agreement. Upon successful completion of the program, teachers will receive graduate credits and a healthy stipend.

If you are interested in spending your 2018 summer at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park as a Teacher Ranger Teacher, please email your resume and letter of interest to by March 15, 2018. Please include the following in the email subject line "2018 Teacher Ranger Teacher Application".

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A Park Ranger shows Teachers a lock model at the Cumberland Visitor Center museum
Teacher-Ranger-Teachers visit the Cumberland Visitor Center

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Teacher Workshops

During the year, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers teacher workshops to educate local teachers about the park, its resources and curriculum programs available to students. We also offer curriculum development workshops where local teachers spend a week or more at the park, collaborating with park rangers and resource experts to develop new or revise existing curriculum-based education programs for PreK-12 students. Dates for 2018 workshops and locations will be posted in February 2018. Please check back for more information.

Last updated: December 22, 2017

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Hagerstown, MD 21740



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