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Explore the Chesapeake Bay!

Bring your class to Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park for a day of discovery with one of our school programs. We offer 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. Thanks to our generous program partners, the museum also offers four core programs that target underserved students in the City of Annapolis.

To schedule a program fill out the form below. For more information contact us via email or call us at 410-295-0104 ext. 27.

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Fish and Friends

  • Capacity: 15-25 Students (2-3 year olds)
  • Cost: $5.00 per child
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 45 minutes

 

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From fins to legs, discover the various body parts that animals need to survive. Engage with fishy friends and see how they are different from each other and us as well as what makes them the same.

Fins, Feet, & Feelers

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

Explore the variety of animals that call an oyster reef home through story time, sensory exploration, hands-on interaction with critters, and a sing-along.

What’s a Waterman?

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

Learn how wSchool Programsatermen make their living through story time, meeting a “waterman,” using tools to catch fish and harvest oysters, and singing a sea shanty.

Oysters In & Out

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 2 hours

Get to know the Eastern Oyster inside and out! Explore the oyster’s unique body parts, discover what hides in its reef habitat, and discover how watermen have harvested them over time.

Animal Investigation

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 2 hours

Explore the variety of fascinating animals that call the Chesapeake Bay home. Get an up-close look at some of the coolest Bay critters and discover the critical part they play in their ecosystem through their life cycle, adaptations, habitat needs, and role in the food web. Students will meet up to four animals.

Eco-Explorers

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM or off-site
  • Time: 2 hours

Science doesn’t only happen in labs! Learn how to use scientific tools to see if Back Creek is healthy, and explore how pollution reaches the Bay. Then, apply STEAM principles to engineer solutions to clean up the mess.

From Bay to Table

  • Capacity: 15-45 Students
  • Cost: $13 / Student (includes materials fee of $1.00)
  • Location: only available at Museum Campus
  • Time: 2 hours

From the muddy bottom of the Bay to your favorite restaurant, it takes a lot of work to make an oyster ready to eat. Follow the journey of these shellfish from harvesting to cleaning to designing your very own oyster can. Materials fee of $1.00 per child applies.

Chesapeake Champions

Interested in fostering deeper learning and empowering your students to take action? Schedule repeat visits at the museum, the park, and/or in your classroom and delve deep into the ecological and cultural importance of the Chesapeake Bay through this year-long program. Activities may include: meeting a working waterman, creating a Chesapeake Bay-themed art piece, taking a boat ride through Annapolis Harbor, and more! Contact us for details at [email protected].

Oysters 101

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

You may have known that oysters are filter feeders, but did you also know that they are ecosystem engineers? Investigate how the natural history of the Eastern Oyster makes it an irreplaceable resource for the animals of the Chesapeake Bay along with the humans who harvest them.

Animals In and Around the Bay

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

As the largest estuary in the country, the Chesapeake Bay supports a vast variety of wildlife. Join us as we explore some of the different animals, both aquatic and terrestrial, that depend on this vital resource. Discover the unique adaptations of these creatures and how they rely on different habitats throughout the Bay during the various stages of their life cycles.

Back Creek Science

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

How do scientists determine if an ecosystem is healthy or not? Collect data from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats using scientific tools and techniques, and examine both living and nonliving factors to find out how Back Creek and the surrounding park are doing.

Could You Make it on the Water?

  • Capacity: 15-45 Students
  • Cost: $13 / Student (includes materials fee of $1.00)
  • Location: only available at Museum Campus
  • Time: 2 hours

How fast can you harvest a bushel of oysters? Will you be able to market your product to the broadest audience? Can you make more than your competition? Find out if you have what it takes to make it in this grueling industry! Materials fee of $1.00 per child applies.

Oyster Education Program (OEP)

Go beyond the classroom to get a hands-on look at the benefits provided by the Eastern Oyster, as well as the threats it faces in this year-long program. After exploring these complex issues through activities such as interviewing a working waterman, dissecting an oyster, collecting water quality data, identifying and tallying spat, and more, become a part of the solution by planting oyster spat on a sanctuary reef in the Severn River. Contact us for details at [email protected].

Oysters 102

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

As a keystone species, the Eastern Oyster provides multiple ecosystem services, including habitat, water filtration, shoreline buffering, and food. Study anatomy and natural history of this humble bivalve to see the critical role it plays in both the ecology and economy of Maryland.

Chesapeake Bay Ecology

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

In a healthy ecosystem, certain conditions must be met to support a wide variety of plants and animals. Use scientific sampling techniques to determine if Back Creek is healthy enough to sustain a biodiverse community. Identify the plants and animals living there, and use those as indicators of ecosystem health.

Wetland Field Studies

  • Capacity: 15-90 Students
  • Cost: $12 / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Wetlands are incredible ecosystems that help protect and maintain the water quality of the Bay. After taking a crash course in plant identification, soils, and water quality parameters, collect data to answer two driving questions: is there a wetland present, and if so, what type of wetland is it?

Kayaking

  • Capacity: Best with 8-12 students, max 18 (Grades 4 and up)
  • Cost: $6 per hour / Student
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours minimum

Learn basic kayaking skills and tour Back Creek while discussing the ecology, history, and health of the Chesapeake Bay. Can be combined with other lessons.

Skipjack Trip

  • Capacity: 10-40 Participants
  • Cost: $16 / Participant
  • Location: Museum Campus
  • Time: 2 hours

Come experience what life was like as a crew member living on the water, become familiar with skipjack terminology and tools, and explore the water ways and tributaries around the Bay.  Students will be actively engaged in conducting water quality testing, investigating Bay animals, and applying STEAM concepts, all while enjoying the beautiful Chesapeake Bay setting. School programs will begin Fall of 2020.

Critter Cruise (in partnership with Watermark Cruises)

  • Capacity: minimum 40 students
  • Cost: $12.50/Student & $15.50/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! Programs are booked through Watermark at destinationeducation.com.

Chesapeake 101 (in partnership with Watermark Cruises)

  • Capacity: 15-40 Students
  • Cost: $17.50/Student & $21.50/Adult
  • Location: AMM
  • Time: 2 hours

Chesapeake 101 includes a 2 hour program at either our Museum or Park campus and a 40 minute narrated cruise on the Harbor Queen. Students may have lunch either at the Park or onboard the Harbor Queen. Programs are booked through Watermark. ANNAPOLIS MARITIME MUSEUM & PARK Students will put their problem solving skills to the test to engineer a buoy or filter. In addition, choose from the following activities:

  • Oyster hand-tonging
  • Museum tour – Museum Campus only
  • Exploring 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. Programs are booked through Watermark at destinationeducation.com.

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