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.

English Ivy Management Project at Rileys Lock
February 24, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Image by Trust Staff

Join the National Park Service and the C&O Canal Trust for an invasive species management project! On February 24, we will meet at Rileys Lock to cut back English Ivy.

Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac Watershed Cleanup
April 6, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Image by Francis Grant-Suttie

The C&O Canal Trust is partnering with the Alice Ferguson Foundation on April 6 for their Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Help us remove trash from the Weverton and Antietam Creek Campground areas!

We are so excited to share these upcoming dates for this year’s Canal Community Days events! Stay tuned for more information on how you can register to help Make This Park Shine!

April 20, 2024
Great Falls

May 18, 2024
Allegany County

May 4, 2024

June 22, 2024
Frederick County

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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 2024 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



Community Foundation of Frederick County


Potomac Community Village

Top Photo by Trust Staff