Our Funding Priorities

The C&O Canal Trust has two major funding priorities that help support two critical needs for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Towpath Forever

Towpath Forever encourages philanthropy and volunteerism to ensure the towpath and the park’s historic structures are repaired and kept in good condition; lifelong stewards are created through educational programming; recreational opportunities are enhanced; and the diverse natural resources of the park are preserved. Learn more here.


Canal Classrooms

The Canal Classrooms program is the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s education program, currently in its third year. This scalable program provides thousands of school-aged children with the chance to use the Park as an outdoor classroom, where they learn through experiential opportunities that utilize national and state standards; curriculum that includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) concepts as well as history lessons; and the integration of technology. Learn more here.