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July 28, 2014 0 comments

A group of school children pose for a photo on the LaSalle Canal Boat.

A school field trip to the LaSalle Canal Boat and Lock 16 Center is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about a host of themes: U.S. transportation, westward expansion, technological innovation, immigration, urbanization and more. Tours cover a variety of social science and history topics that meet the Illinois State Board of Education’s Learning Standards.

The Canal Corridor Association can augment the learning opportunities of your trip with grade-specific lesson plans and a one-hour DVD on the history of the I&M Canal. Walking distance from the boat, the Lock 16 Center offers special I&M Canal exhibits and programs, as well as a café and canal-themed gift shop.

Financial assistance to low-income schools allows more children to come for field trips on the boat and learn about history. In spring of 2015, over 1,000 students came to visit the LaSalle Canal Boat.


Canal Commissioner ($5,000+)

Boat Captain ($2,500-4,999)

Walmart – Spring Valley

Locktender ($2,499-1,000)

Kinder Morgan

Mule Tender ($250-999)

Walmart – Ottawa

Walmart – Peru

James Hardie

Helco Corporation

Mr. & Mrs. Henry & Laurel Maze

Christopher Burke Engineering, LTD

Michael Mattingly

Michael Hinz

Deckhand ($249-$25)

Mr & Mrs. Gary & Susan Roy

Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Janice Stanmar

Centure Bank

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joan Bledig

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