Core Programs

Planting Grasses on Living Shoreline

Core Programs

The Annapolis Maritime Museum and 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.

AMMP 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 and surrounding area. Students learn about oysters and the animals that make their home on an oyster reef through hands-on and engaging activities. Children listen to an oyster story, learn an oyster song, use their senses to explore oyster shells, and touch and observe live animals. Little Skipjacks is supported by PNC Grow Up Great.

Through Chesapeake Champions, AMMP works with every 2nd-grade student at two elementary schools in the City of Annapolis. These children participate in multiple field experiences throughout the school year that concludes with a student-led action project. Students go seining, conduct experiments, interview a working waterman, grow Bay grasses in their classroom, create a collaborative art project, and more. By studying the Chesapeake Bay through the lens of science, social studies, and art, students get a comprehensive look at the world around them. Chesapeake Champions is sponsored by ClearSharkH2O.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park’s Oyster Education Program (OEP) is a year-long program for every 6th-grade student at six area Middle Schools. Through multiple field and in-class experiences focused on oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, students learn about the history and decline of the oyster fishery, interview a working waterman, dissect an oyster, measure water quality, conduct experiments, and more. Students also embark on a restoration project, boarding the Harbor Queen to plant juvenile oysters (spat) on a sanctuary reef in the Severn River. Through these hands-on lessons, students connect with concepts in policy, economics, biology, and history. OEP is sponsored in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The Education team at AMMP will maintain and operate two successful, maritime-related BOR programs effective January 1, 2019. The AMMP/BOR Summer Maritime Program will continue Box of Rain’s long-standing tradition of introducing children living in Annapolis public and subsidized housing to a variety of maritime experiences, including sailing, kayaking, fishing and environmental lessons. The museum has served as a partner for this program in the past. Additionally, the AMMP/BOR Build-A-Boat Program will continue its focus on the practical application of math, science, team building and craftsmanship in the planning and construction of a boat, in continuing partnership with Chesapeake Lightcraft. Both programs serve the unique needs of underserved youth and will follow the general format that has been employed by BOR programs over the past fifteen years.