Canal Community Days

Canal Community Days is the C&O Canal 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 volunteers of all ages can complete. Most of our events are held in the spring.

Visitation to the Park has surged throughout the past several years, and our dedicated volunteers provide vital support at high visitor-use areas.

National Public Lands Day at Rileys Lock – September 23, 2023

Photo by Canal Trust Staff

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!

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Great Falls – April 22, 2023

Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us for Canal Community Days at Great Falls on Saturday, April 22.

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Williamsport – May 6, 2023

Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us for Canal Community Days at Williamsport on Saturday, May 6.

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Frederick County – June 3, 2023

Photo by Trust Staff

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us in Frederick County on Saturday, June 3.

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Allegany County – August 26, 2023

Photo by Trust Staff

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us at Paw Paw Campground on Saturday, August 26.

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Sponsor Canal Community Days

Canal Gold by MJ Clingan

You – or your business – can make a direct impact on the experience of the over five million visitors of all ages expected to visit the C&O Canal NHP in 2023 for rest, recreation, and the enjoyment of nature and history. We rely on the support of our Sponsors to help fund public volunteer projects each year and underwrite the costs of the program: project materials and supplies, and organizational costs associated with running the program. To show our gratitude for your commitment to the community, and the well-being of the C&O Canal NHP, the C&O Canal Trust offers a number of benefits, including signage in the Park and recognition on our website, social media, and in media releases.

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Moonrise over C&O Canal by Daina Bolsteins

We depend on our canal community to help make Canal Community Days possible. Please join us in supporting, protecting, and preserving one of the most visited spaces in the National Park system.

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Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

Canal Visionary

Canal Explorer

Canal Traveler

The Butz Foundation

 

Canal Preserver

Clark Construction

Guest Services

Minkoff Development

Red Five Security

Younger Toyota

Walmart

Lockkeeper

Community Foundation of Frederick County

Exelon

Potomac Community Village

Top Photo by Trust Staff