Monday
Feb282011

Palisades VIP Seminars - March 2011

The schedule for the March 2011 Palisades VIP Seminars is now available!

Saturday, March 5 - 10am-1pm

Geology of Mather Gorge

Learn about the unique geology of the Mather
Gorge during a walking tour of Billy Goat Trail
Section A. Meet at Great Falls Tavern.

Sunday, March 6 - 9am-12pm

Volunteer Work Project

Help the park prepare the mule barn and pasture for
the return of our mule team. Volunteers are needed
to help with maintenance projects – repairing mule
stalls, seeding pasture, etc.

Saturday, March 12 - 10a-12p

Reptiles & Amphibians

Discover new facts about reptiles and amphibians
that call the C&O Canal National Historical Park
home.

Sunday, March 13 - 9a-12p

Volunteer Work Project

With volunteer help we can make improvements and
repairs to the hayloft at the mule barn. This will
ensure we have plenty of dry, safe hay to feed the
mule team throughout the boat season.

Saturday, March 26 - 10a-12:30p

Bike Maintenance

Learn bike maintenance skills that will come in handy
when on the towpath. Especially useful for our Bike
Patrol volunteers! No need to bring your own bike.
Bike parts will be provided to practice on.


If you would like to attend any of the seminars or a work project, please RSVP to
Rebecca Jameson at: rebecca_jameson@nps.gov or 301-767-3709

 

Thursday
Feb242011

Join the C&O Canal's Corps of Volunteer Flaggers!

The Division of Maintenance at the C&O Canal is in need of volunteers to serve as flaggers during maintenance projects on the towpath. This group of volunteers is essential to the safety of park visitors and staff.

Participants in the program will be required to attend training in flagging basics and visitor interactions. Flaggers will accompany park staff to project sites and assist with the mobilization and de-mobilization of work site signage, temporary controls, and barriers.

The Corps of Volunteer Flaggers will work in pairs. Most projects will be scheduled with at least a two-week, and up to a one month lead time. On occasion a request for Flaggers will be made on very short notice (24 hours or less).

In addition, Flaggers may be trained in tasks such as chain saw use and other fields of general assistance to park maintenance operations.

Flaggers are needed park-wide, and will be based out of the maintenance shops at Great Falls, Pleasantville, Williamsport, Hancock, and Oldtown.

Uniform will be provided. No housing available.


To apply visit volunteer.gov/gov or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Danny Filer at danny_filer@nps.gov or 301-714-2218.



Tuesday
Feb222011

Palisades VIP Seminar - 2/27

In the last installment of the 2011 Palisades VIP Winter Seminars, come out for lesson in Eagle Spotting and head out on an Eagle Hike, lead by long-time volunteer Bud Cline.

Date: Sunday, February 27, 2011

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Great Falls Tavern, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Topic: Eagle Watch
Learn about the presence of eagles along the
Potomac River and birding techniques to spot them
while you are in the park. Practice your new birding
skills on an Eagle Watch hike after the seminar.
Presenter: Bud Cline

If you would like to attend any of the seminars, please RSVP to Rebecca Jameson at:
rebecca_jameson@nps.gov or 301-767-3709.

Tuesday
Feb222011

C&O Canal Pride Days 2011

The C&O Canal Trust and C&O Canal National Historic Park are gearing up for the fourth annual Canal Pride Days, and registration is now open! Sign-up as a group, family, or as an individual using the C&O Canal Trust online application.

Saturday, April 9 - Fletcher’s Cove
Join the C&O Canal Trust and CHOHVIP Team in conjunction with the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 23rd Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup to beautify the Fletcher’s Cove area. Install and paint picnic tables and grills, vegetation removal throughout the area, and participate in the trash cleanup.

Sunday, April 10 - Lockhouse 10
Help revitalize the Lockhouse 10 area, in preparation for the Canal Quarters opening of Lockhouse 10 this summer. Projects include: Pruning vegetation and invasive species removal, repairing the walkway and driveway, painting gates and signs, adding stone dust to the entrance road.

Saturday, April 16 - McCoy’s Ferry Campground
Lend a hand to spruce up one of the most popular campgrounds along the Canal- paint picnic tables, grills, and signs, vegetation removal, pothole and stripe the parking lot, clean up the culvert, add new parking spots, remove graffiti, and add stone dust around the picnic areas.

Saturday, May 7 - Georgetown
Wrap up Canal Pride Days 2011 with a bang in Georgetown! Help resurface a high-traffic section of the towpath, remove vegetation, clean up the prism, and paint bollards and railings.
 
 
Canal Pride Days 2011 is a great way for organizations, groups, and individuals of all ages and abilities, to get outside, meet new people, and revitalize the Park we love. Canal Pride Days 2011 t-shirts and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers!
 
It is important that everyone pre-register so we can match volunteers to appropriate projects in advance. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Jeff Hutman at 301-745-8889 or hutman@canaltrust.org.

Thank you for your interest in Canal Pride Days 2011, and for supporting the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.


Wednesday
Feb162011

Volunteer Flaggers Needed 2/18

The Division of Maintenance is in need of 3 Volunteer Flaggers, this Friday, February 18, from 7am to 11am at Lockhouse 6. Please contact Larry Stinson at 301-767-3705 if you are available to volunteer.

Monday
Feb072011

Photography Hike with the Rovers

Join the Interpretive Rovers on a Photography Hike!

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 9am-11am

Location: Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

The hike will begin promptly at 9am at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, lead by Barbara Brown.  The route will be up the overlook and then down to the Berma Road and out to Olmsted Island for a view of the falls.  The hike should last about 2 hours and will go out weather permitting.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend: chohrovers@gmail.com

Friday
Feb042011

Weed Warrior Certification - Palisades VIP Seminar

When: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Location: Great Falls Tavern, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Time: 10am-1pm

Training in invasive plant removal techniques for
volunteers interested in joining the Weed Warrior
program. Will focus on species that are easily
identified in the winter months. Seminar will include
a classroom session and field identification session.
Presenter: Kelly Fox

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Rebecca Jameson at:
rebecca_jameson@nps.gov or 301-767-3709

Friday
Jan282011

New Volunteer Opportunity!

Ride-Along Volunteer

Get out and about in your National Park! The Facility Management Division of the C&O Canal National Historical Park is in need of volunteers to ride-along with park personnel while performing various maintenance tasks.  Participants in the program would be required to accompany park staff on a regular basis. The volunteer will be trained in tasks such as chain saw use, water sample collection, building inspections and general assistance to park maintenance operations.

There are five positions available throughout the park: Potomac, Pleasantville, Williamsport, Hancock, and Oldtown. Volunteers will need to commit to a minimum of one day per week.  A volunteer uniform will be provided.

To apply visit volunteer.gov/gov or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Danny Filer at danny_filer@nps.gov or 301-714-2218.

Monday
Jan242011

Palisades Volunteer Seminars - Spaces Still Available!

There is still space available in the three remaining volunteer seminars being offered this winter at Great Falls.

Dates and topics include:

Saturday, 1/29 - Flooding Procedures
Saturday, 2/19 - Weed Warrior Training
Sunday,  2/27  - Eagle Watch

Please RSVP to Rebecca Jameson at 301-767-3709 or rebecca_jameson@nps.gov if you would like to attend.

Tuesday
Jan182011

Canal Pride Days 2011 - Register Today!

Registration is now open for C&O Canal Pride Days 2011! Sign-up as a group, family, or as an individual using the C&O Canal Trust online application.

 

Saturday, April 9 - Fletcher’s Cove

Join the C&O Canal Trust and CHOHVIP Team in conjunction with the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 23rd Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup to beautify the Fletcher’s Cove area. Install and paint picnic tables and grills, vegetation removal throughout the area, and participate in the trash cleanup.

Sunday, April 10 - Lockhouse 10

Help revitalize the Lockhouse 10 area, in preparation for the Canal Quarters opening of Lockhouse 10 this summer. Projects include: Pruning vegetation and invasive species removal, repairing the walkway and driveway, painting gates and signs, adding stone dust to the entrance road.

Saturday, April 16 - McCoy’s Ferry Campground

Lend a hand to spruce up one of the most popular campgrounds along the Canal- paint picnic tables, grills, and signs, vegetation removal, pothole and stripe the parking lot, clean up the culvert, add new parking spots, remove graffiti, and add stone dust around the picnic areas.

Saturday, May 7 - Georgetown

Wrap up Canal Pride Days 2011 with a bang in Georgetown! Help resurface a high-traffic section of the towpath, spread mulch around the visitor center parking lot, remove vegetation, clean up the prism, and paint bollards and railings.

 

 



Thursday
Jan132011

Palisades VIP Seminar - January 16

The Canal Quarters Program, Lockhouse Restorations

A behind the scenes look at the work done to the
lockhouses in the Canal Quarters Program.
Presentation will be followed by an optional
“history hike” around the Great Falls area that
highlights notable historical features.

Presenter: Sam Tamburro

Where: Great Falls Tavern, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

When: 10am-12pm

Please RSVP to Rebecca Jameson at rebecca_jameson@nps.gov, or 301-767-3709

Thursday
Jan132011

Photography Hike with the Rovers

The C & O Canal NHP will hold a photography hike in the area around the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center At 9am on Saturday January 22 .  We will meet on the second floor of the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.  The hike should last about 2 hours.  Please be prepared for mud and slippery conditions, there is a moderate hill to climb. The hike will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, but please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Anyone interested in attending the hike should RSVP to: chohrovers@gmail.com

You can call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center for questions at: 301-767-3714

Event Poster

 

Friday
Jan072011

Unlocking 40 Years of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Unlocking 40 Years of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Hagerstown, MD — On January 8, 2011, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal will recognize its 40th anniversary as a National Historical Park.  In conjunction with this milestone, the C&O Canal Trust, the park’s official nonprofit partner, in partnership with the National Park Service, will be kicking off Canal Discoveries, an exciting new program that will encourage visitors to explore the historical, natural and recreational treasures located along the 184.5 mile towpath.

The Trust’s new Canal Discoveries program will provide visitors to the C&O Canal with an internet-based guide to points of interest in the park, including popular destinations and hidden gems.  Included on the website will be information about recreational opportunities, items of historical significance, natural features, and other topics of interest, as well as maps and directions for each site.  Canal Discoveries is set to kick off in March, 2011 and will focus on the first 40 locations in honor of the park’s 40th anniversary.  Additional locations will be highlighted in future years.

Since its official designation as a national park on January 8, 1971, the C&O Canal has come to be recognized by friends and visitors for its natural and recreational value to local communities as well as the value of preserving a unique period in American history. Today, the C&O Canal National Historical Park is one of the twenty most visited national parks in America with more than 4 million visitors annually who seek its outstanding resources.

Beginning in 1850, the C&O Canal operated for nearly 75 years between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland.  Devastating floods and financial woes eventually led to its bankruptcy and abandonment in 1924.

From 1924 until 1938 the remains of the canal deteriorated because it had no cohesive oversight or ownership. Although the National Park Service acquired the abandoned canal in 1938, uncertainty remained over how the land could best be utilized. In particular, controversy over building a parkway versus preserving the canal as a park gained national media attention when U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas led a famous hike challenging Washington Post columnists to sway their opinion in favor of preserving the history and nature located along the canal towpath.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of park proponents and enthusiasts, the U.S. Congress passed legislation and President Richard Nixon signed into law an act that created the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park on January 8, 1971, with a purpose of preserving the unique canal heritage area for present and future generations to enjoy. 


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Founded in 2007, the C&O Canal Trust is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal National Historical Park. As the official “friends” organization for the park, the Trust seeks to ensure that the C&O Canal’s natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized. For more information regarding the Trust, please visit www.canaltrust.org.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserves and interprets the historical, natural and recreational resources of the C&O Canal. Over 4,000,000 visitors a year enjoy the opportunities for recreation and understanding that the park has to offer. For more information, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/choh.


Thursday
Jan062011

Photography Hike with the Rovers

Join the C&O Canal Interpretive Rovers on a Photography Hike, Saturday January, 22, 2011. Weather permitting, we will meet at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at 9am and hike the newly blazed Overlook Trail and then part of the Gold Mine Loop. We will likely head out to Olmsted Island as well.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to: chohrovers@gmail.com

Thursday
Dec232010

Visitor Safety Reminder - Ice Skating in the Park

A safety reminder regarding ice skating in the park from Mark Hingston, BGTS Coordinator:

It’s that time of year and weather when Park visitors may go ice skating.

The ice skating issue is addressed in the Park’s rules (reprinted in the C&O Canal NHP Volunteer Manual): 

“Ice skating is permitted at your own risk park-wide, except where prohibited by signage.”

There are signs at Widewater, where the water is so deep it never freezes enough to be safe. 

Our role is to advise visitors of unsafe conditions when we become aware of them.  Do so nicely.  Elsewhere, the canal is usually safe because it is so shallow.  People may get wet feet and be cold, but this is rarely a life-threatening emergency.  If you are not sure, telephone dispatch and talk to them about it.

If person goes through the ice at Widewater or other deep water area, call 911.  No heroics; without the right gear, you will just be another casualty.   If an animal goes through the ice, no humans should be put at risk to save it, but you could call dispatch and ask what they recommend.

Be safe and I hope you and yours have a happy holiday and a great new year (with lots of time on the Billy Goat Trail),

Mark



Tuesday
Dec212010

Potomac Conservancy - Lockhouse 8 Clean Up

Canal Stewards Cleanup

Sun, Jan 9, 2011
10:00am to 12:00pm

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM 1/16 TO 1/9. Help the Conservancy clean up and beautify the surrounding land and water. This monthly clean-up day is open to all ages, and is part of the Canal Steward Program, engaging volunteers in a long-term relationship in which they become the caretakers of a designated site within the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

For more information contact Deanna Tricarico, Outreach Coordinator, at tricarico@potomac.org or 301.608.1188 x.204.

Visit www.potomac.org/site/river-center-events/index.php for details.

**Conservancy events will be canceled in the case of inclement weather, specifically rain or snow. Please check www.potomac.org for the most up to date information.



Thursday
Dec162010

Photos from the PBP End of Year Meeting

Photos are now posted on Flickr from the Palisades Bike Patrol End of Year Meeting! If you have other Bike Patrol photos to contribute please send them our way.

 

 

Monday
Dec132010

Palisades VIP Seminar - December 19

Palisades VIP Seminar

Volunteers-In-Parks Program: Very Important People to the NPS
An introduction to why we need volunteers at NPS sites and how your work is integral to the C&O Canal and the NPS.

Sunday December 19
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Great Falls Tavern - Second Floor Meeting Room

RSVP to Becca Jameson 301.767.3709

Friday
Dec102010

Join us for a 19th Century Christmas Along the Canal!

On Sunday, December 12th at 1:00 pm, join Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park staff and volunteers and the C&O Canal Trust at Lockhouse 22 for an afternoon of 19th Century Christmas along the Canal. Enjoy  19th century holiday music and carols performed by local volunteers dressed in mid-1800’s apparel and tour historic Lockhouse 22, featuring 19th century era furnishings and holiday decorations. Event festivities will occur between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

The Lockhouse 22/Pennyfield area of the C&O Canal National Historical Park is located at the end of Pennyfield Lock Road off River Road near Potomac, Maryland. For more information please call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at (301)767-3714. 

Tuesday
Dec072010

Canal Quarters featured in the Washington Post

The C&O Canal Trust Canal Quarters program was recently featured in the Washington Post. View the article, “Locking it up on the Canal” by Andrea Sachs here.

Learn more about how you can participate in Canal Quarters and stay a night in a Lockhouse at the C&O Canal Trust website.