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.

Volunteer Educators

Join the C&O Volunteer Educators and assist Bridging the Watershed Educators, teachers and park staff in the delivery of environmental education programs at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Currently, Bridging the Watershed (BTW) programs involve middle/high school students from surrounding school districts.  A typical BTW program will have three components, 1) Welcome/Orientation to the C&O Canal National Historical Park, 2) BTW Education Module, and 3) C&O Canal-led Program (i.e. Tunnel Hike, Basin Walk, Potomac Gorge Nature Overview).

Depending upon BTW program schedule and staff availability, a C&O Volunteer Educator might be asked to assist with one or more components of the BTW program. Notice of scheduled BTW programs will likely be several weeks to months in advance of the program date. Once a C&O Volunteer Educator has confirmed their availability for a given school program, BTW will confirm the program date with school officials, park staff and begin planning for the student field experience. Prior to signing up for the training, please consider your availability and whether your participation in programs is certain. Once a program is scheduled, dozens of students, teachers, BTW and park staff are counting on your participation to help provide students with an enjoyable and educational visit to the C&O Canal NHP.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching, substitute teaching or working with K-12 students in an educational environment. Knowledge in environmental education or related sciences. Understanding of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s natural and cultural resources and current resource issues, i.e. invasive plants.

Training Completion: In conjunction with the Bridging the Watershed Middle Potomac Summer Institute Training, volunteers must complete a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Interpretive/Education Training (1/2 day session) prior to the fall school season.

Time Requirements: Upon successful completion of both trainings, the volunteer will be asked to shadow a minimum of two Bridging the Watershed Field Studies with BTW Educators, schools and park staff, gaining “on the ground” experience for assisting with the delivery of environmental education program