New year, new name! We have renamed our “Canal Pride Days” events where the public gathers to help the C&O Canal Trust perform a variety of maintenance and beautification projects at locations along the length of the Park. Going forward, our clean-up events will be known as Canal Community Days to celebrate the contributions you – the canal community – make to the ongoing preservation and stewardship of the C&O Canal. We couldn’t do it without you!
Our two spring Canal Community Days events are over. Check back for more dates coming up in the fall.
If you are interested in “adopting” a section of the Park and becoming its caretaker on a more long-term basis, check out our Canal Stewards program.
Become a Canal Community Days Sponsor
Canal Community Days depend on more than just boots on the ground to be successful. We also need sponsors to underwrite the costs of the program: project materials and supplies for over 1,000 volunteers and organizational costs associated with running the program. You – or your business – can help by becoming a Canal Community Days sponsor. In appreciation of your sponsorship, we offer a range of recognition opportunities. Download the information packet here.
Volunteer with a Group
Bring your company or organization to the C&O Canal for a team-building day in the Park. Your group will focus its efforts on a location in the Park that needs some extra attention. (Restrictions apply due to COVID-19.) Learn more about group volunteer opportunities here.
If your group is interested in “adopting” a section of the Park and becoming its caretaker on a more long-term basis, check out our Canal Stewards program, listed below.
Sign up to be a Canal Steward
The Canal Steward programs helps visitors, like you, take care of their favorite spots throughout the Park. Have you been noticing a lot of trash at your favorite picnic site, or seen a picnic table that could use some sprucing up? Take stewardship of a site in the Park by volunteering as a Canal Steward. With over 184.5 miles of towpath in the C&O Canal National Historical Park there are multiple sites throughout Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, and Alleghany county that are in need of a steward. Sites include picnic areas, boat ramps, campgrounds, locks, and much more!
Support Canal Community Days with a Donation
We depend on our canal community to support this great volunteer program. Please make a gift today! Give here.