Our Funding Priorities

The C&O Canal Trust has three 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.


Towpath Resurfacing

The towpath is the Park’s spine, bringing together diverse communities and inviting exploration along almost 200 miles of the Potomac River Valley. Preservation of the towpath is paramount to ensuring that all visitors – bikers, hikers, runners, history buffs, paddlers, climbers, nature lovers, Park users of all ages – have access to the rich assets of the C&O Canal.We prioritize raising money for towpath repairs as part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s five-year plan to make significant improvements to 80 miles of the towpath most critically in need of attention.  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.