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? Please contact Aidan Barnes at barnes@canaltrust.org.

Canal Community Days

Canal Community Days is the Trust’s annual public volunteer program. Each year, we recruit and manage hundreds of volunteers to undertake a range of preservation, beautification, maintenance, and conservation projects along the 184.5 mile length of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, working closely with the National Park Service to identify priorities that can be completed by volunteers of all ages.

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.

Quartermasters

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.

Event Volunteer Opportunities

The C&O Canal Trust hosts fundraising events each year that require the help of over 100 volunteers. Our events are not possible without the help of our local community volunteers. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is a unique treasure, and your contribution as a volunteer with the C&O Canal Trust ensures the Park remains safe, beautiful, and welcoming for future generations. Stay tuned for event volunteer opportunities in 2022.