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Explore the Chesapeake Bay!

Bring your class to AMM for a day of discovery with one of our school programs. The Museum offers hands-on, inquiry-based education programs that foster positive outdoor experiences and encourage critical thinking. Programs are designed to align with Maryland Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These programs can be customized and tailored to any group or can be combined for a full day experience. Can’t make it to AMM? In-class outreach programs are also available.

To schedule a program fill out the form below. For more information contact us via email or call us at 443-214-5872.

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Fins, Feet, & Feelers

  • Capacity: 15-25 Students
  • Cost: $6.00 per child
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 1 hour

School Programs
Fish, shrimp, and worms, oh my! Many different kinds of animals make their home on an oyster reef. In this hands-on program, students will meet these critters and learn all about the oyster reef habitat.

  • Oyster story time
  • Use senses to observe oyster shells
  • Learn the body parts of different animals
  • Touch and interact with the small critters that live on an oyster reef

What’s a Waterman?

  • Capacity: 15-25 Students
  • Cost: $6.00 per child
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 1 hour

School Programs Students will learn what a watermen is and explore how they make their living on the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Share a story about the Chesapeake Bay
  • Meet a waterman and singing a sea shanty
  • Find out what tools watermen need to do their job
  • Use tools to practice fishing and collecting oysters

Oysters In & Out

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 2 hours

Get to know the Eastern Oyster inside and out by examining its biology and exploring its cultural and historical impacts. 

  • Dissect an oyster to learn how it is an amazing filter
  • Explore an oyster reef habitat and meet the diversity of critters that live there
  • Try your hand at tonging for oysters
  • Play a game to see how oyster harvesting has changed over time

Animal Investigation

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 2 hours


Wade in the water and explore the habitat and body structures of a variety of animals that make their home in the Chesapeake Bay. 

  • Explore an oyster reef habitat and meet the diversity of critters that live there
  • Dissect an oyster to explore its anatomy and learn about living vs. non-living
  • Identify fish in the near-shore habitat using a seine net
  • Meet a Horseshoe Crab and learn about their fascinating adaptations

Eco-Explorers

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 2 hours

Learn about human environmental impacts through interactive STEM activities. What’s going on out there and how can we help? 

  • Explore an interactive model of pollution in our watershed
  • Learn how to use scientific equipment to test the water quality of Back Creek
  • Investigate plants and shoreline erosion via a hands-on experiment
  • Use problem-solving skills to engineer a filter to clean water from the Bay

Chesapeake Champions

In this year-long school program, students study the Chesapeake Bay through the lens of science, social studies, and art. Students gain a personal connection to local environmental issues through hands-on activities. Students can:

  • Meet a working waterman
  • Work with artists to create a Chesapeake Bay themed art piece
  • Use our docks to explore the ecology of oyster reef habitat
  • Take a boat ride through Annapolis Harbor
  • Participate in a restoration project
  • Climb aboard our workboat exhibit to find out how oysters are harvested
  • Dissect an oyster to learn how its anatomy makes it an amazing filter
  • And more!

 

Contact program@amaritime.org for more information.

Oysters 101

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Get to know why the Eastern Oyster is so important by examining its biology and exploring its cultural and historical impacts.

  • Dissect an oyster to learn how its anatomy contributes to Chesapeake Bay health
  • Play a game to learn how harvesting oysters effects the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Explore an oyster reef habitat and meet the diversity of animals that live there
  • Build an experiment to investigate the link between oyster reefs and shoreline erosion

Animals of the Bay

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Wade in the water and discover the variety of animals that make their home in the Chesapeake Bay. 

  • Explore an oyster reef habitat and meet the variety of critters that live there
  • Meet a Horseshoe Crab and learn about the biology of these fascinating primitive creatures
  • Use scientific equipment to investigate the benthic community
  • Identify fish in the near-shore habitat using a seine net

Back Creek Science

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Learn about human environmental impacts and practice being a scientist by exploring various ways to measure Chesapeake Bay health. 

  • Identify fish in the near-shore habitat using a seine net
  • Learn how to use scientific equipment to measure the water quality of Back Creek
  • Explore an interactive model of pollution in our watershed
  • Use scientific equipment to sample the benthic community and examine it’s connection to Bay health

Oysters 102

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Get to know the oyster inside and out by exploring the biology and ecology of the Eastern Oyster as well as its cultural and historical impacts.

  • Dissect an oyster to learn how its anatomy contributes to Chesapeake Bay health
  • Explore the complex dynamics of the oyster fishery through an interactive hands-on activity
  • Use our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat and understand the oyster life cycle
  • Build an experiment to investigate the link between oyster reefs and shoreline erosion

Chesapeake Bay Ecology

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Discover the interesting organisms that make their home in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Explore an oyster reef habitat and meet the variety of critters that live there
  • Meet a Horseshoe Crab and learn about the biology of these fascinating primitive creatures
  • Use our docks to sample the benthic community – check out what creepy crawlies live in the muck!
  • Near-shore sampling using a seine net

Estuarine Field Studies

  • Capacity: 15-60 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Experience a variety of scientific sampling techniques used to measure Chesapeake Bay health.

  • Identify fish in the near-shore habitat using a seine net
  • Learn how to use scientific equipment to measure the water quality of Back Creek
  • Use our docks to sample the benthic community and examine it’s connection to Chesapeake Bay health
  • Build an experiment to investigate the link between Bay grasses and shoreline erosion

Kayaking

Climb aboard and get up close and personal with the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay. Our naturalists will lead your group on a guided paddle down Back Creek, highlighting its interesting history and ecology along the way. Contact program@amaritime.org for pricing details.

  • Grades 4 and up. Best with 8-12 students, max 18.
  • Two-hour program: learn basic kayaking skills and take a tour of Back Creek. Learn about Chesapeake Bay history, health, and ecology.
  • Four-hour program: learn basic kayaking skills and kayak to Back Creek Nature Park. Collect water quality data, go seining at the park to catch fish, and get a truly hands-on look at the Chesapeake Bay!
  • Kaykaing may be combined with other field trips.

Critter Cruise (in partnership with Watermark Cruises)

  • Capacity: minimum 40 students
  • Cost: $12 / Student & $15 / Adult (* 1 free adult per 20 students)
  • Location: Annapolis City Dock
  • Time: 1 hour

Climb aboard the Harbor Queen and spend an hour on the water geting up close and personal with fascinating Chesapeake Bay critters including crabs, fish, and eels! Best for K-5th grade. Programs are booked through Watermark.

Chesapeake 101 (in partnership with Watermark Cruises)

  • Capacity: 15-40 Students
  • Cost: $17 / Student & $21 /Adult
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Chesapeake 101 includes a 2 hour program at the Museum and a 40 minute narrated cruise on the Harbor Queen. Students may have lunch eitherat the Museum or onboard the Harbor Queen. Programs are booked through Watermark.

ANNAPOLIS MARITIME MUSEUM
Students will put their problem solving skills to the test to engineer a buoy or filter. In addition, choose from the following activities:

  • Museum tour and oyster hand-tonging
  • Eploring oyster reef critters
  • Oyster dissection
  • Watershed pollution activity
  • Seining – warmer weather only
  • Crabbing and crab ecology – warmer weather only

HARBOR QUEEN CRUISE
Students board the Harbor Queen to cruise the waters around the historic Annapolis harbor. History, navigation, and architecture are included in this 40-minute narrated program.

Skipjack Trip

  • Capacity: 15-25 Students
  • Cost: $14 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Climb aboard the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s historic skipjack, the Stanley Norman. For a full day experience, combine with any other two-hour program. Grades 5 and up.

  • Learn what it was like to work on a 65-foot wooden sailing vessel
  • Dredge for oysters and explore the off-shore oyster community
  • Use scientific equipment to test water quality
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