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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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!

Volunteers-in-Parks Appreciation Lunch  

Cabot Cheese Co-op and the Farmers’ Gratitude Grill provide free gourmet lunches to groups of volunteers in appreciation for their hard work. The volunteers of the C&O Canal National Historical Park have been chosen for recognition with a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. Lunch will include gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, salad, and cookies. Spouses (or other guest) are welcome.

 May 15, 2016, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm* 

VFW Post 5633, 11511 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854

RSVP to Bob King ( by May 5 with ​your name,name of guest, and which volunteer group(s) you
*For those working as volunteers at Great Falls during this time, we will provide coverage or bring you a lunch.  Please RSVP with a location where you will be volunteering.

Volunteer Recognition Centennial Coin 

Are you ready for a challenge? The National Park Service’s centennial year is here, and we want to encourage everyone to take part in the celebration! We invite people of all ages to find their park and discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism. Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin! 

Click Here to learn more details! 

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Look for press release under Resources for Great Falls Volunteers