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National Public Lands Day Cleanup Project at Rileys Lock, C&O Canal

**This event has been postponed due to weather. Please check back here soon!**

Join the C&O Canal Trust, the National Park Service, and REI for an invasive plant species removal project at Rileys Lock in honor of National Public Lands Day! 

The C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) follows the Potomac River for 184.5 miles between Georgetown in the District of Columbia and Cumberland, Maryland. The Park is one of the most visited national park sites in the country and ranks number one in visitation among historical parks.

The C&O Canal Trust, as the official nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal NHP, works in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities to raise funds to preserve the Park for future generations and to broaden support through programs that highlight the Park’s historical, natural, and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities.

When:  **POSTPONED**
Where: Rileys (Lock 24) in the C&O Canal National Historical Park
The end of Rileys Lock Road, Poolesville, MD 20837
Map link
What: Invasive plant and trash removal

Photo by Trust Staff

Photo by Trust Staff


Pre-registration is required. Please click the link below to register each person, adult or child, who will be participating in the project. Once your registration has gone through, you will receive links to the two required forms, the Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) and the Media Release, available in both English and Spanish. You may either bring them with you signed by hand or fill them out onsite; we will have blank forms available. Digital signatures of any kind cannot be accepted.

Additional Notes

All ages are welcome, but parents do remain responsible for children the entire time. No drop-offs.

Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are available; bring your forms from the school and we’ll be happy to sign them.

Work supplies such as loppers and pruners, gloves, trash bags, and PPE will be provided. Bottled water and snacks will also be available onsite. 

Close-toed shoes and long pants are required for all volunteers. You may wish to wear long sleeves and a hat to protect from scratchy plants and ticks, but those are optional.  Please email [email protected] with any questions. See you out there!