Preserving the National Parks of the Potomac River
Work with National Park Rangers to maintain and restore one of four national historic parks, and learn its story and legacy on expert-led excursions and engaging lectures.
Program No. 11104RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From the Civil War battlefield of Antietam and John Brown’s Fort at Harpers Ferry to the historic routes of the C&O Canal and the sacred Monocacy National Battlefield, the national parks of the Potomac are the protectors of irreplaceable treasures. Depending on the date, you’ll join the conservation effort in one of these fascinating national parks as you help restore its precious landscape and learn about its continuing legacy. Join National Park Rangers to help preserve the history and tranquil beauty of these beloved icons of the Potomac.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Active outdoor work 4-6 hours a day on uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Restore the battlefield of Antietam to its 1862 appearance, or help preserve history at Harpers Ferry, the site of John Brown’s fateful uprising.
  • Help maintain the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and learn the central role this historic waterway played in the 19th-century American economy.
  • Work with Park Rangers to preserve and restore the hallowed fields of the battle that is claimed to have saved Washington, D.C.
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Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson has lived his entire life in or near Williamsport, Md., which is at roughly mile 100 of the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath. A train enthusiast, he has photographed in the Williamsport area extensively, using the same angles as historical photos of trains and the C&O Canal. Randy's multi-screen presentation allows us to simultaneously see the historical and present-day sites.
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Karen Gray
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Randy Anderson
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Dennis Frye
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Michael Galloway
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Mark Brugh
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Paul McDermott
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