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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Resources for Canal Classroom Corps

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.

From July 2018 through November 2018 Emily will be on detail at Shenandoah National Park.




Claire Connor


Claire assumed the role of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at C&O Canal in April 2018. She is a local resident to Washington County, MD and serves as a Maryland Master Naturalist intern at Cunningham Falls State Park. Claire takes interest in philosophical study and has provided as a registered yoga teacher since 2014.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, learning local history, and spending time with her dog, Ruby. Reach out to Claire at anytime at (301) 745-5810 or by email.




Isaac Pallant

Isaac leads the Canal Steward Program. He hails from Meadville, PA where he grew up and subsequently graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Environmental Science and Geology. He has experience in volunteer coordination through previous work and runs on massive quantities of coffee. He loves to hear from volunteers so if you have any questions, comments, concerns, anecdotes, good jokes, bad jokes, dad jokes ect. shoot him an email.