VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY for National Trails Day! Come Out for a Fun Work Day! Help the Potomac Conservancy and Receive 60 Days (Doubled for National Trails Day) of Free Hikes with The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group!
Any MEMBER who participates in this Work Day opportunity receives free hikes with The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for the next 60 (a 30 day bonus for National Trails Day, yay) days from the date of volunteering as a token of my appreciation for helping us take care of some of the trails and areas we frequent!!! You must let me know you attended the event afterward to receive your month of free hikes. Otherwise I will not know if you attended.
This event is hosted by the Potomac Conservancy!!
National Trails Day at the River Center
Saturday, June 4, 8:30 am - 2 pm
Location: River Center at Lockhouse 8
C & O Canal National Historical Park
Cabin John, MD
Celebrate National Trails Day with Potomac Conservancy! Volunteers are needed to help restore areas of the C&O Canal towpath surrounding the River Center at Lock 8. We’ll be running activities to include picking up trash, pruning vegetation along trails, and repairing the towpath and trails. Wear clothes that can get dirty- we’ll provide all the necessary tools and equipment. Discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in hands-on trail work projects.
No need to register- just show up, bring your water bottle, and wear clothing that can get dirty and closed-toed shoes! If you have questions, please contact Deanna Tricarico, Director of Community and Corporate Outreach, at [masked].
For more information about River Center events, contact Potomac Conservancy’s River Center Coordinator, Deanna Tricarico, at [masked] or [masked], x204, or go to www.potomac.org.
Where: Meet at the River Center at Lockhouse 8 in Cabin John, MD.
Directions To Where To Meet For the Cleanup
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History of Lockhouse 8
Built in 1830 to provide shelter for the Lockkeeper and his family, Lockhouse 8 played a vital role in the operation of the C&O Canal as a primary transportation route along the Potomac River. Lock 8 is the first of the series of locks known as "Seven Locks," which raise the Canal 56 feet over the distance of one and a quarter miles. Solomon Drew, the first keeper of Lock 8, was paid $100 per year.In the early 1900s, canal operations ended and the Lockhouse was abandoned...until a unique partnership between the Potomac Conservancy and the National Park Service in 2001 brought it back to life as the River Center at Lockhouse 8.
Conservancy events will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather, specifically rain or snow. Please check www.potomac.org for the most up to date information.
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