The C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, has announced the dates of their 10th annual C&O Canal Pride Days, the single largest volunteer event to take place in the Park each year. An estimated 300-400 volunteers from around the community are expected to attend and will spend the morning working on projects to restore and revitalize the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
The dates are locations are as follows:
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Great Falls
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Williamsport
- Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Brunswick
- Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Spring Gap
Reservations are required. You can sign up here.
Volunteers will work to preserve historic buildings, improve the grounds, remove invasive plant species, and more. Each year, the C&O Canal Pride events attract over 100 volunteers per location dedicated to preserving their national park and the structures within it. This year’s event has special significance as the C&O Canal Trust celebrates its 10-year anniversary as the official nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and prepares for its second decade of service to the Park.
The C&O Canal Trust sponsored a logo contest to find the logo our Canal Pride volunteers will wear on this year’s t-shirts. The winning design, shown here, was submitted by Hannah Debelius.
C&O Canal Pride Days 2017 is sponsored by REI, M&T Bank, National Environmental Education Fund, Community Foundation of Frederick County, Guest Services, Inc., Poole Law Group, Younger Automotive, Todd and Tracey Bowman, Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern, and Lafayette Credit Union.