Help Expand Canal For All in the C&O Canal National Historical Park

Through programs like Canal For All, the C&O Canal Trust works in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to provide opportunities for education, stewardship, and volunteerism in the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) that are welcoming for all. Canal For All is expanding the canal community into a vibrant tapestry of individuals from all walks of life, united by their love for nature, history, and recreation. The Trust’s commitment to diversity and community engagement is a testament to the transformative power of collaboration, and it sets an inspiring example for others to follow.

Since 2016, Canal For All has grown to serve hundreds of participants each year as we continue to build successful interactions with community groups in our local national park.


Through exciting and relevant programming with our partner organizations, Canal For All engages youth and adults to experience the natural, historical, educational, and recreational resources the Park has to offer. The Trust is proud to partner with the following organizations...

"Exposure to the park to this particular group of teenagers [at-risk youth] was very new for them. Most of them did not realize that this Park is in our nation's capital's backyard, and this new experience opened their minds to a different way of seeing our community." - Mike Felder, Timbrook Achievement Center Manager

Time spent in National Parks enriches the lives of visitors, and in turn, visitors ensure that national park treasures are protected for future generations. With your help, we will continue to welcome a diverse group of visitors, strengthening our canal community today and for the future.


Groups enjoy activities that help introduce them to the Park’s historical and natural resources.

Photo (left): Youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County play a game at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, MD. Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie


Groups learn through outdoor recreation and educational workshops. Interpretive programs increase environmental literacy and engage groups in canal history.

Photo (right): Youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County complete activities in the Junior Ranger Activity Book at Four Locks in Clear Spring, MD. Photo by Mariano Guemez Alonso


Environmental stewardship opportunities allow groups to appreciate and help preserve the unique ecosystem and history of the Park.

Photo (left): Students from PeaceJam clean debris and trash from the Canal at Georgetown. Photo by Trust Staff


The Trust partners with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s TeenWorks program to provide participants with opportunities to gain job skills and learn about the National Park Service as a career path.

Photo (right): TeenWorks removing invasive Wineberry (Photo Credit: Trust Staff)

The Trust is committed to making the Park inclusive and welcoming for all, but we need your help. Together, we can encourage not only the enjoyment of our beloved Park, but also its protection and preservation for today, tomorrow, and always.