Science & Research

National Park Service places like the C&O Canal are an oasis for visitors and for researchers because they offer some of the best protected cultural heritage and natural landscapes in the nation. Each year, numerous research projects are permitted at C&O that visitors may never see. Our staff need the accurate and current natural and cultural resource information this research provides to best care for the park. Research here ranges from studies of rare plant communities, to amphibian populations, to the architecture of historic park buildings.

Scientific research is conducted by National Park Service staff, experts from other federal agencies, scientists and graduate students in academia, and independent researchers. Learn more about the process of getting a park research permit at C&O Canal.
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Research in Nature & Ecology

Articles on botany, wildlife, geology, and more.

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Studying History and Culture

Articles on Archeology, History, Ethnography and more

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Inventory & Monitoring

Long-term monitoring of key vital signs

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Coordinating Researchers

Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

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National Park Service Resource Programs

Natural and Cultural Resource Programs in the Region


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Last updated: April 22, 2024

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