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The Watermen’s Museum Educational Programs

Program Overview Education is the primary function of every successful museum. It is also a lifelong process and does not end with graduation. Our exhibits are designed to illustrate and explain the importance of the work done by those who work the Chesapeake Bay. They are our most important means of educating our visitors. Adult education programs include lectures, videos, and demonstrations scheduled periodically by the museum. Check the museum schedule for upcoming events of interest to you. Our educational programs begin at the start of each school year. Most programs are half-day.

We are an ideal addition to any school field trip visiting the Historic Triangle area. Schools sometimes request special programs to address the interests of older students, preschoolers or those with special needs. We are happy to work with your school to help teachers find ways to bring their teaching objectives to life. Call Education Director, Mike Steen, at the Museum for more information.

The Watermen’s Museum offers weekend courses for educators and parents that will teach the participants how to conduct environmental and cultural educational programs. As museum volunteers they will help facilitate their schools’ visit to the museum. In turn, their school will receive a discount on the cost of the education program. 


What’s In My Bay Today

Join the staff of the Museum for an exploration of the shoreline ecosystem of the York River.  Students will participate in hands-on activities along the shore and learn about the diverse animals that live in our own backyard.

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.  Maps and Orientation

2.    Seining on the beach

3.    Crabbing on the pier

4.     Clamming on the Beach 

Grade level: K - 3

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $3 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.



A Day in the Life of a Crab

What is it like to be a crab? How would you spend yourtime? Join the staff for a hands-on exploration of Blue Crab Ecology.

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.  Habitat Orientation

2.     Crabbing on the Pier

3.    Pieces Parts

4.      Crab Soccer

Grade level: K - 3

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $3 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.


Chesapeake Bay
Ecology  

Join the staff of the Watermen’s Museum as we study the ecosystem of the York River .
Students will learn how to gather and analyze samples as they research water quality, environmental conditions, and biodiversity sampling techniques.  

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.  Environmental Hypothesis

2.     Water Quality Analysis

3.    Biodiversity Analysis

4.      Tides and Currents

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.


Chesapeake Bay Stewardship

What can we do to improve our shared environment, the Chesapeake Bay?  Join the museum staff for a hands-on study of aquaculture and environmental preservation.

Orientation and 2 - 30 Minute Stations:

1.  Environmental Hypothesis

2.     Oysters and Clams

3.    Due Restoration

Grade level: 4-12 

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.



Environmental Encounter - No Child Left On the Shore 

Join the staff of the Watermen’s Museum and the crew of the schooner Alliance as we experience life aboard historic ships and explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay. Students will learn how to gather and analyze samples to research water quality, environmental conditions, and biodiversity on the peer of the Watermen’s Museum, and then repeat the tests on board of the Schooner Alliance during a two hour sail on the York River.  Students will make and test hypothesis, chart the data gathered, and their findings will be submitted to the Chesapeake Bay resource data bank.

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location:Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 4hours

Program Cost: $20 perparticipant

Discount of $3 per

student if Chaperone is a Watermen’s Museum Education Facilitator.

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



Virginia Indian Maritime Heritage

The students will explore the world of the Algonquians that lived in the Chesapeake region at the time ofthe English arrival at Jamestown in 1607. Hands on stations will allow the students to learn about the maritime heritage of the first watermen of Virginia .

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.      World of the Powhatan

2.      Canoe Construction

3.      Nets and Seining

4.      Fishing Tools and Weirs

Grade level: K - 12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



A Pirates Life For Me

Students will learn about Yorktown’s colonial maritime history and experience what it would have been like to live and work aboard a pirate ship in the Chesapeake Bay during the early 18th century.

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.      Yorktown and Piracy

2.      A Pirates Life

3.      Sail Training

4.      Shivering the Timbers  

Grade level: K - 8

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



Yorktown
, Taxes and Tea  

Tobacco, trade, taxes, pirates and rebellion are brewing in the York River.  Join the staff for a hands-on exploration of life in Colonial Virginia prior to the American Revolution

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.      Why Yorktown ?

2.      TobaccoFactors and Slavery

3.      Taxesand Trade

4.     The Yorktown Tea Party

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



Under the Hill: The Yorktown Waterfront 1781

Come and explore the history in our own backyard. This hands-on program puts students into the fighting at the Siege of Yorktown. Students will explore the realities of life during the siege of 1781 and how weather changed history.

Orientation and 2 - 30 Minute Stations:

1.      Setting The Stage for 1781

2.      The Virginia State Navy

3.      Cannons and Sieges

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



A Maritime Nation

The United States has always been a maritime nation.  Join the museum staff in an exploration of our shared maritime heritage. From the Virginia Indians and the early explorers, and from colonial shipping to the modern day, the waterways of Virginia have influenced how we have worked and lived.

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.      AMaritime Nation

2.      VirginiaIndian Fishing

3.      Boat Building

4.      Chesapeake Bay Watermen

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



Virginia Indian Maritime Heritage 
On-Water Exploration

Join us for an experiential study of Virginia Indian Maritime Heritage. The students will participate in an on-water kayak program.  Safety and paddling lessons are provided by trained kayak instructors.

Stations:

1.      Va. Indian MaritimeHeritage

2.     CanoeConstruction

3.      KayakProgram

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 2.5 hours

Program Cost: $35 student, $45 Adult 

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



Semper Paratus: The Battle of the USRC Surveyor in 1813

(War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay)

 

 

The British Navy blockaded the Chesapeake Bay from 1812 through the end of 1814.  The Revenue Cutter Surveyor was attacked and captured in the York River just off Yorktown. in June of 1813.  How did the War of 1812 affect the people of the Chesapeake Bay?  join the crew of the Watermen's Museum for an exploration of the causes, events, and outcomes of the War that swept across our Bay's shores.

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.      The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay / Map

2.      The War of 1812 Causes / The Uniforms they wore

3.      Ships and Naval Weapons

4.      The Battle for the Surveyor

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

  



The Yorktown Sunken Fleet

(1781 to the Present Day)

 

 

After losing the Battle of the Capes in September 1781, General Cornwallis had all of his transports and cargo ships sunk along the Virginia waterfront as a barricade to an amphibious assault by the French Navy.  What happened to all of the ships after the British surrender?  Join us for an exploration of our shared underwater history.

Orientation and 3 - 20 Minute Stations:

1.      The Siege of Yorktown timeline / Map

2.      Ships , Naval Weapons, and Everyday Things

3.      The Sunken Fleet / French Refloating

4.      Our Underwater ROV (unmanned submarine) Project

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 1.5 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.

 



Captain John Smith: Survivor at Jamestown Island

 

 

Who was John Smith?  Why did the Jamestown Island experiment fail, and how was the colony saved?  Join the crew of the Watermen's Museum for a hands-on study of early Virginia history.  Travel with John Smith and see if you can survive Jamestown Island..

Orientation and 3 - 30 Minute Stations:

1.      Why Jamestown Island? / Map

2.      The Jamestown Experiment / Who came? What happened? Why?

3.      Survivor Jamestown Island - low ropes teambuilding course

4.      Jamestown II - The saving of the Colony

Grade level: 4-12

Program Location: Watermen’s Museum

Program Length: 2 hours

Program Cost: $5 per participant

 

To schedule a program tour at the museum or to receive more information, please call (757) 887-2641 or fill out our Educational Tour Reservation Form.