Core Programs

Planting Grasses on Living Shoreline

Core Programs

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park is taking a leading role to ensure that area students receive high-quality, meaningful environmental experiences. AMM strives to connect people to the place they live and the environment around them. It is this connection that is necessary to foster a strong environmental ethic and sense of stewardship. Through a series of programs, AMM provides multiple educational experiences throughout students’ academic careers. Thanks to our generous sponsors, donors and program partners, these programs are free of charge for these children, many of whom are from low-income households. Often these students live in close proximity to the water, yet lack access. The AMM provides a venue for exploration and learning and is one of the few places in the City that provides that access. Every child deserves the chance for success.

AMM supports lifelong environmental literacy, which starts at a young age. Little Skipjacks is an in-school outreach program focused on early learning that reaches every public Pre-K classroom in the City of Annapolis as well as other Title I Pre-K classrooms in Anne Arundel County. In this hour-long outreach program for Pre-K students, students are introduced to oysters, fish and crabs. Staff members read Ollie the Oyster or How the Oysters Saved the Bay and introduce what an oyster is by passing around oyster shells and encouraging sensory exploration. The bulk of the program is focused on the animals that live on an oyster reef. Educators introduce each critter before passing specimens of that animal around. Students are encouraged to touch and explore each animal. Each Little Skipjacks session wraps up with a silly song about an oyster. Little Skipjacks is supported by PNC Grow Up Great.

Through Chesapeake Champions, students examine their connection to the Chesapeake Bay through the lens of science, social studies and art. Students are involved with growing and planting Bay grasses to restore these plants on the museum’s Living Shoreline. AMM sees every student four times during this program and works with the entire second-grade class at Eastport, Hillsmere and Riviera Beach Elementary Schools. Chesapeake Champions is sponsored by ClearSharkH2O.

Through the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park’s Oyster Education Program (OEP), the Education Center sees every 6th grader from six area middle schools (Annapolis, Bates, MacArthur, Magothy River, Meade and Severn River Middle Schools). Students attend one field trip at the Museum or Park Campus and also participate in two winter outreach sessions in their classroom. This program focuses on the oyster to illustrate biological, ecological and cultural concepts to meet environmental literacy standards. Students are also involved in a restoration project where they set up cages of baby oysters (spat) that they later plant on a sanctuary oyster reef. OEP is sponsored in part by the Arundel Community Development Services and Watermark.

The Education Team at AMM will maintain and operate two successful, maritime-related BOR programs effective January 1, 2019. The AMM/BOR Summer Maritime Program introduces children living in Annapolis public and subsidized housing to a variety of maritime experiences, including sailing, kayaking, fishing and environmental lessons.

Additionally, the AMM/BOR Build-A-Boat Program emphasizes maritime history, the Annapolis boat-building tradition and the critical role that tradespeople played in the development of their community while teaching students STEAM concepts! These boat-building experiences provide a solid foundation for vocational skills development, as participants try out woodworking, construction and painting in a safe environment with dedicated mentors (in partnership with Chesapeake Lightcraft.)