The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the canal. The Trust seeks to ensure the Park’s  natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

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Volunteer Hours

The end of the Fiscal Year is near! Volunteers please submit your hours by October 1st, 2015. 


VIP Dinners 

Please join us for any of our upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Dinners where we will celebrate all volunteer efforts at the C&O Canal NHP! To RSVP, please email or call 301-745-5810 by the RSVP deadlines below. Please include which dinner you plan to attend and the total number of guests in your party. We look forward to seeing you there!

1. Cumberland on October 7th, 2015 @ 5:30pm Western MD Rail Station 

RSVP Deadline: September 28th, 2015

2. Palisades on October 14th, 2015 @ 5:30pm VFW Post 5633, Potomac MD 

RSVP Deadline: October 2nd, 2015

3. Williamsport October 15th, 2015 @ 5:30pm Springfield Barn 

RSVP Deadline: October 5th, 2015


Give Back to The Park You Love

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has many opportunities for our visitors who are interested in volunteering for the park. Whether your interest is in living history, bike patrolling, park maintenance, or staffing a visitor center, the C&O Canal has many rewarding volunteer jobs.

Throughout the country, thousands of individuals assist the National Park Service by volunteering their time and talents. These people who work side-by-side in partnership with NPS employees are called Volunteers in Parks, or VIPs. VIPs care about the parks- their past, present, and future- and care about the people who come to visit the parks.

Wherever they work, whatever their job, VIPs help the park service in its challenging mission: To conserve the parks’ natural and historical resources and to provide for their enjoyment in a way that will leave them unimpaired for future generations. Volunteer opportunities available at the C&O Canal National Historical Park are listed under “Get Involved”.

Check back with us regularly for upcoming volunteer opportunities! Give back to the park you enjoy, love, or want to improve!