Upcoming Events

Hello Level Walkers!

There are numerous upcoming events in late September and October. The following notices are from Emily Hewitt, the C&O Canal NHP Volunteer Manager. I still plan to be at the Volunteer Appreciation Event on October 22 at Williamsport, and look forward to seeing some of you there.

Thanks, Steve


VIP Speaker Series: Geology along the C&O Canal – Friday, Sept. 30 12:00 p.m

Have you heard of Maryland’s “little Grand Canyon”? Join us on September 30th at 12pm as Rebecca Kavage Adams takes us on a journey of the geology along the C&O Canal. Rebecca is a geologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Whether you are a novice or an enthusiast, Rebecca will share a wealth of interesting information about what makes our area rock!

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Eastern District Volunteer Appreciation Event at the Carderock Pavilion – Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by October 1 if you plan to attend the volunteer picnic at the Carderock Pavilion on October 13th from 4-6pm. To RSVP, please email chohvip@gmail.com and note the program you volunteer with. 

If you cannot make the 10/13 picnic, you are welcome to attend the west district picnic at park headquarters on October 22nd from 2-4pm. Please note that in your RSVP email. 


Virtual Volunteer Appreciation Event – Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for our Virtual Volunteer Appreciation Event on October 19th from 5:30-7pm via Zoom. You will have a chance to hear from Superintendent Cappetta, meet new park staff, and hear about this year’s Volunteer of the Year awards!

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Western District Volunteer Appreciation Event at Park Headquarters in Williamsport – Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by October 12 if you plan to attend the volunteer picnic at Park Headquarters on October 22nd from 2-4pm. To RSVP, please email chohvip@gmail.com and note the program you volunteer with. Since the west district picnic is later in October, we are pushing the RSVP deadline back to 10/12. 


Level Walker Reporting and Volunteer Appreciation Events

Hello Level Walkers,

Thanks for all the recent level walks! Special thanks to those who have used the new report form. Feedback on the new forms has been positive. If you have any questions please let me know.

The end of the Government fiscal year is approaching, and I need to submit volunteer hours for the level walker program in early October. Please submit your volunteer hours by October 2 for any late level walks completed on or before September 30. If you do a late walk and don’t have time to complete your report by October 2, please send me an email with your hours for the late walk so I can include them in the report.

The park is resuming their in-person volunteer appreciation events this year. There will also be a virtual event for those who prefer to avoid in-person contact. The two in-person events are summarized below in the notification from the park. I plan to be at the West District event and hope to see some of you there.

Thanks for all you do!

Steve


Dear Volunteers, 

Please save-the-date for this year’s volunteer appreciation events. This year we will have a picnic social in the east and west districts, as well as a virtual volunteer appreciation event online. 

In order to help us plan, please RSVP to one of the following picnics by emailing chohvip@gmail.com –

  • East District picnic @ Carderock pavilion on October 13 from 4-6pm
  • West District picnic @ park headquarters on October 22 from 2-4pm

In your RSVP email, please indicate which program you volunteer with. 

Deadline to RSVP for the picnic is October 1st. 

A separate Zoom calendar invite will be sent for the virtual appreciation event, which will be held on October 19 from 5-7pm.

We hope to see you soon!

Emily Durán Hewitt

Sidelng Creek Aqueduct

Upcoming C&O Canal NHP Events

Hello Level Walkers!

Notification of following two events is provided by Emily Durán Hewitt, Volunteer Manager for the C&O Canal NHP.

Thanks for all you do!

Steve


June VIP Speaker Series: Great Allegheny Passage

The next VIP Speaker Series is this Thursday, June 30 at 12pm. Doug Riegner, the Director of Community Relations for the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy, will give a presentation about the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail. Many through-bikers on the C&O Canal NHP start their journey on the GAP. Doug will describe the GAP trail experience and share photos and trail stories.

The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting this month’s presentation on their Zoom, so here is the info to join the call – 

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Quarterly All-Volunteer Call

In 2022, we are holding quarterly all-volunteer calls to provide you with information and updates about the park. We started these virtual meetings because of the pandemic, but have found that it is a great way to connect with volunteers across the park at one time.  The meetings will be recorded and shared with you afterwards so that if you cannot make the scheduled time, you will still be able to get the info. 

Our 3rd quarterly call is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20 from 11am-12:15pm and will be held on Microsoft Teams. There is a phone call-in option if you cannot join via computer, however, please note that there will be a slideshow presentation so we encourage you to join via Teams if possible. 

During the July call John Adams, the park Safety Officer, will provide safety updates and relevant park news. Christiana Hanson, Chief of IEV, will also highlight our new Interpretation & Education staff and provide updates on summer programming. 

Please try to get into the meeting 5-10 minutes early to allow for any troubleshooting or issues. 

Thanks, and we look forward to “seeing” you on July 20. 

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VIP Speaker Series – April 28

Hello Level Walkers,

Please see the below invitation from the NPS for the next VIP Speaker event.

Thanks, Steve

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Subject: April VIP Speaker Series: Abner Cloud House with Cathy Ball
When: Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.
Where:

For April in our VIP Speaker Series, Join Cathy Ball for a presentation about her most recent research and discoveries over at the Abner Cloud House! 

The presentation will take place Thursday, April 28th @12 PM on Microsoft Teams. 

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February VIP Speaker Series Events

Hello Level Walkers,

The park has announced three more VIP Speaker Series events for February. Please see details below.

Thanks, Steve


To continue the 2022 VIP Speaker Series, join one of our Community Volunteer Ambassadors Ashley Baker for three informative presentations about the impact of animal transmitted illnesses and ways to keep yourself healthy while outdoors. 

Please see the schedule below for the date and time of each presentation. The meetings will be recorded and shared in case you are not able to make it. 


February 10th @ 12PM

PART 1: Healthy Parks = Healthy People: The NPS One Health Initiative

What is the One Health Initiative? Who am I and why am I passionate about it? Why is it important to NPS and the C&O Canal?

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February 17th @ 1PM

PART 2: Tick Borne Diseases: Nasty Little Bugs with a Big Impact

What are tick borne diseases? How do they spread? How are they treated and prevented?

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February 24th @ 2PM

PART 3: “When the Outside Bites: Rabies and Mosquito-Borne illnesses”  

A deep dive into the spread, treatment and prevention of Rabies and the West Nile Virus. Ashley will also discuss their impact on C&O Canal visitors and the wider community.

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Upcoming Events

Hello Level Walkers,

Two announcements from the National Park Service follow. If you are interested, the meetings are hosted on Microsoft Teams. The links are provided below. Note – I will not be able to assist you if you have a problem with Microsoft Teams.

I will be contacting all Level Walkers individually over the next few weeks regarding some administrative matters. Please be patient, as there are numerous volunteers to contact and processing emails takes a bit of time.

Thanks, Steve


Quarterly Volunteer Call: Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 1:00 – 2:15 PM. In 2022, we will be holding quarterly all-volunteer calls to provide you with information and updates about the park. The meetings will be recorded and shared with you afterwards so that if you cannot make the scheduled time, you will still be able to get the info. 
Our 1st quarterly call is scheduled for Thursday, January 20 from 1-2:15pm and will be held on Microsoft Teams. There is a phone call-in option if you cannot join via computer, however, please note that there will be a slideshow presentation so we encourage you to join via Teams if possible. 
During the January 20 call, park engineer Joe Reed will be presenting on some of the major projects currently taking place or scheduled in the park. Christiana Hanson will also provide updates from the Division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers. 
Please try to get into the meeting 5-10 minutes early to allow for any troubleshooting or issues. 
 If you are not familiar with Teams, here are some instructions –  You do not need to install Microsoft Teams or have an application to access the virtual meeting. Just before the Teams call on January 20, Join on your computer or mobile app by clicking – Click here to join the meeting
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VIP Speaker Series: Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Announcing the 2022 VIP Speaker Series! Join us on January 27th for the first of several presentations that will take place throughout the year. Log on to learn about fascinating topics such as special programs within the National Park Service, Lyme Disease awareness, C&O Canal historical research and more!  These sessions will be recorded and available to watch later if you are unable to make it. Stay tuned for information on future presentations.

Preview for VIP Speaker Series #1: 

Interested in International Relations and the NPS? Join Becky McCarty to learn about the Office of International Affairs program as she highlights the International Volunteer In Parks program and some of the NPS “sister parks” in Ireland, South Africa and around the world!

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Israel Creek and Culvert 93

C&O Canal Volunteer Appreciation Picnics

Hello Level Walkers,

The C&O Canal is resuming their annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnics this year after a year off due to COVID 19. These are excellent opportunities to meet park staff and your fellow volunteers. The announcement from the park volunteer manager, Emily Hewitt, follows. Please contact the park per below for more information or to make reservations. Note – there is not a set alignment of which picnic you should go to related to your level location – pick the location and time that is most convenient for you.

Thanks,
Steve


Dear Volunteers, 


We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Volunteer Appreciation Picnics this year! There will be two locations, one for the east district and one for the west district. Please see details below and RSVP. Thank you!


EAST DISTRICT:

  • NEW Date – Tuesday, September 14
  • Time – 5-7 p.m.
  • Location – Carderock Pavilion
  • RSVP – Email chohvip@gmail.com by August 18th

WEST DISTRICT:

  • NEW Date – Friday, September 17
  • Time – 5-7 p.m.
  • Location – Little Tonoloway Day Use Area in Hancock
  • RSVP – Email chohvip@gmail.com by August 18th

Emily Durán Hewitt

C&O Canal Update – July 15, 2020

Hello Level Walkers!
Here is another update from the park. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Linzy and Brendan – and I know many of you have too. Naturally, I am sad to see them move on, but happy for them that they are moving along their career paths.
The first group of reactivated level walkers has been busy!  I’m looking forward to seeing more of you get back out there; many of you asked about that and will hear more from me soon.
Thanks!
Steve

Dear Volunteers,

Last weekend, the C&O Canal Trust held a successful trash clean-up event. Volunteers collected a total of 45 bags of trash from 5 locations in Palisades: Fletchers Cove, Chain Bridge, Carderock, Anglers, and Great Falls. The Canal Trust is holding another trash clean-up event in the middle and west districts of the park on 7/25. For more info and to sign up visit the Canal Pride Days website.
This week I have exciting news to share with you about two of our park staff:
  • Linzy French, Assistant to the Superintendent, has accepted a promotion at Cape Cod National Seashore! Beginning in August, Linzy (who has been with C&O for 6 years) will be the Visual Information Specialist at Cape Cod. If you would like to send congratulations, she can be reached at linzy_french@nps.gov
  • Brendan Wilson, Supervisory Park Ranger in Georgetown, has accepted a promotion at Vicksburg National Military Park! Beginning in August, Brendan (who has been with the park for 4 years) will be the Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships at Vicksburg. If you would like to send congratulations, he can be reached at brendan_wilson@nps.gov
We at C&O Canal are sad to see such great colleagues go, but we are so excited for Linzy and Brendan and their new opportunities!
Emily H. Hewitt

Annual Volunteer Dinners

Hello Level Walkers,

The following message is from the Volunteer Coordinator for the C&O Canal NHP.  The volunteer dinners are a great opportunity to meet park staff and your fellow volunteers.
Thanks,
Steve

Dear Volunteers,
Please save-the-date for this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinners. To RSVP for the dinner, please email chohvip@gmail.com and indicate which dinner you will attend, which program(s) you are with, how many will be in your party, and if you will be bringing a dessert for the annual dessert contest.
Dates and locations for this year’s dinners are as follows:
  • Cumberland on October 2nd from 5:45pm – 9pm at the Western Maryland Railroad Station
  • Williamsport on October 3rd from 5:45pm – 9pm at the Springfield Barn
  • Palisades on October 10th from 5:45pm – 9pm at the Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion

Four Locks Tunnel Closure and Park Events

Hello Level Walkers!

Here are a few updates from the park about access and upcoming VIP Speaker Series events. Thanks, as always, for your support. – Steve

C&O Canal will temporarily close Four Locks Tunnel for needed repairs, June 10-13

Clear Spring, Md – Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, in conjunction with Washington County Roads Department, will be repairing a major pot hole at the downstream end of the Four Locks boat ramp tunnel, located along the access road to the Four Locks parking lot and boat launch area. The repair will necessitate the closure of the Four Locks parking lot and boat ramp from June 10-13th  2019. This repair is necessary to preserve private and public property and prevent further damage. Property owners who use this access road will be provided other means of egress.  Check our website and Facebook page for additional updates: www.nps.gov/choh, www.facebook.com/chesapeakeandohiocanal.

VIP Speakers Series – Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Canal Quarters Tour: Lockhouse 25 at Edwards Ferry

From 10:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday the 15th, Don Streets and Linda Bergofsky will guide an open house tour of Lockhouse 25. Lockhouse 25 is situated at Edwards Ferry and serves as a Canal Quarters location that can be rented to public tenants for overnight stays. Not only do Don and Linda serve as caretakers of the historic site, but they bring its history to life through their own personal touches. Known to dress in homemade, period clothing, and lead interpretive tours of the space, they will craft an authentic setting and educational experience for this Speaker Series event. To reserve space(s) in this program, please email your headcount to chohvip@gmail.com. Space is limited to the first 15 sign-ups.

VIP Speakers Series – Saturday, June 29, 2019 – Oldtown Dragonfly Walk

Did you know? The C&O Canal has the most diverse population of odonates – dragonflies and damselflies – in the entire National Park Service! On Saturday, June 29th, join Steve Dean in Oldtown, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until noon to learn more about these fascinating creatures, and what it is that draws them here. Participants will meet with Steve at Lock 70 and engage in a short informational discussion, before walk downstream for about 1½ miles, and then back. The talk and walk will take up to two hours. Bring comfortable walking shoes and water, as well as (if you have them): a dragonfly guide, camera, spotting scope and/or binoculars. A handout about dragonflies will be available. To RSVP for this program, please email your headcount to chohvip@gmail.com.


Above – Culvert 139 downstream arch at Four Locks; May 4, 2019; Levels 41/42

Below – Pondhawk (female) on wayside at Oldtown; June 30, 2018; Levels 62/63

Pondhawk