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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About Us

Emily Hewitt

Emily is the Volunteer Program Manager for the park. She grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston. She has a master’s degree in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University. Emily worked three years as a seasonal Interpretive Ranger for the C&O in Williamsport and Hancock before joining park headquarters to manage the volunteer program. She can be reached at 301-714-2219 or by email



Dorothy McQuaid

Dorothy was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and went to school in Virginia and Tennessee. She graduated with a BBA in Marketing, went on a road trip of almost 30 National Parks, and landed in an SCA (Student Conservation Association) internship building trails in the Hudson Valley in New York. It was so much fun she decided to do another internship and is now the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Contact her at (301) 745-5810 or via e-mail.

Kristi Shelton

Kristi, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, joins the park this summer as Natural Resources Restoration and Invasive Control Volunteer Coordinator. Kristi studied Ecological Restoration and will be organizing tree planting and invasive species removal events. If you are interested in helping restore natural forest structure, please get in touch with her at (301) 714-2234 or via e-mail