For Teachers

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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers a classroom without walls for PreK-12 students to study history, science, language arts, technology and much more. A suite of curriculum-based education programs are available at multiple park locations. All of our education programs were developed by local school teachers, support national and state learning standards, feature pre/post visit materials and offer students hands-on and STEM-based activities.
We invite you to explore our field trips and in-school program options and look forward to serving your students!
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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.

C&O Canal Map

Curriculum Materials

Find classroom activities and lesson plans about the canal using historic photographs, reading material, and videos.

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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, & volunteers of the Canal.

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Bus Scholarships

The park, the C&O Canal Trust, the C&O Canal Association, and the National Park Foundation are proud provide transportation scholarships.

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Education Partners

The expansion of the park's education program would not be possible without the help of many generous individuals and private foundations.

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National History Day Writing Contest

A community discovery project to write Black History and Women's History Stories. Open to high school students in MD, WV, VA and DC.

Last updated: December 31, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740



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