Volunteer with the C&O Canal Trust

Join us to help preserve and protect the C&O Canal National Historical Park! Volunteers provide critical assistance in the maintenance and preservation of the Park’s natural, cultural, historical, and recreational assets. You can participate individually, with your family, or as part of a larger group. Questions? Email our Volunteer Coordinator Rod Newton.

Canal Community Days

Formerly known as “Canal Pride Days,” these public events bring the community together to work on preservation and maintenance projects like painting, mulching, pulling invasive species, picking up trash, and planting native gardens.

Canal Stewards

Canal Stewards are long-term volunteers who “adopt” sections of the Park and take responsibility for its general upkeep over a designated time period.

Group Volunteer Activities

Your company or organization can spend a day along the C&O Canal, building team spirit and working on special projects that contribute to the Park’s ongoing beautification and preservation.


Join a team of Quartermasters who support guests staying in lockhouses as part of the C&O Canal Trust’s Canal Quarters program. Quartermasters are on-call for overnight guests, assist with lockouts, and perform light maintenance as needed.

Personal Canal Clean-Ups

Perfect for volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic, Personal Canal Clean-Ups allow you to clean up the C&O Canal on your own time by yourself or with your family.

Park After Dark

The C&O Canal Trust’s signature fundraising event requires the help of over 100 volunteers. The 2022 event has not yet been scheduled.