C&O Canal Update – March 24

Hello Level Walkers,

Happy Spring! Here is an update from the C&O Canal NHP Volunteer Manager.

Thanks for your support!


Dear Volunteers, 

It is wonderful to see the start of spring. If you are out in the park and get some nice photos, please remember to submit them for the 2022 C&O Canal calendar. Photos can be emailed directly to chohvip@gmail.com or shared via the Gmail drive to the same email. 

With the nicer weather, Great Falls Tavern has expanded pop-up table hours to Friday through Sunday, and Williamsport will be operating a pop-up table on Saturdays & Sundays beginning April 3rd. 

Finally, please help spread the word. The park has an immediate opening for volunteer camp host at our Antietam Creek campground. This opportunity is available for the 2021 season. Required schedule is 32 hours/week. R/V pad with hook-ups is provided. More information and an application can be found at this link –  Volunteer Opportunity Detail

Thank you & enjoy the nice weather!

Emily Durán Hewitt

Picnic Table Renewal

Hello Level Walkers!

The following request is forwarded on behalf of our VIP chair, Jim Heins. Jim is asking for your help to identify broken tables on your level, or anywhere else on the park. Please help Jim by reporting damaged tables per his request below.

Thanks, Steve

The C&O Canal Association will be refurbishing picnic tables throughout the park. Although there are a number of groups and ways to get them repainted, the Association plans to replace any boards that are rotting, broken or otherwise damaged that make them unserviceable.

We need help in identifying those tables in need of some TLC. To help us, we ask that, if you find any table that appears to fit this need, that you do the following:

            1. Take a picture of the area of need up close enough for us to assess the degree of the problem.

            2. Step back and take a second picture which would encompass the entire table which might show additional problems.

            3. Note whether it is a 6 foot or 8 foot table (most are 6) – we need to know what size boards to use.

            4. Accurately describe the location so we can easily find the problem table.

            5. Email this information to Jim Heins at vip@candocanal.org

Your help is greatly appreciated.

C&O Canal Update – March 10

Hello Level Walkers,

Here’s an update from the park.

Thanks, Steve

Dear Volunteers, 
Spring is ahead of us and the park is getting busier. Staff would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, while our volunteer team is very knowledgeable, we do not expect our volunteers to know everything under the sun. If you are volunteering in the park and a visitor asks you a lot of questions you do not have the answer to about a specific topic, please feel free to refer them to either the park’s main phone line (301-739-4200) or to the park information email (choh_information@nps.gov). If you have questions, please always feel free to reach out to your program supervisor.
It is time to submit photos for the 2022 C&O Canal calendar! Photos of all parts of the park, through all four seasons will be included in the calendar. So if you have photos of historic structures, flora/fauna, visitors, volunteers, or just about anything else in the park, please submit them! 
Once again this year, we ask that you submit your photos via Google Drive tochohvip@gmail.com. To do this, compose an email and hover your mouse over the plus sign next to the attachments, click on the drive icon (resembles recycling logo), upload the photos you would like to share, and send to chohvip@gmail.com. If you have any issues with this, please feel free to attach photos to a standard email sent to the same email address. 
Please label your photo files with the location and name of photographer.  – For example: BigSlackwater_Jane_Doe. 
The deadline for submission is Friday, May 7th, 2021. If your photograph is selected, you will be contacted and credited in the calendar.
Emily Durán Hewitt