Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Educators Programs

Hands-on Programs

Chesapeake's Best Crab CakesEducation in the Field
Ages: 3-5 grades
Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $300 per class
(includes student admission, 30 students maximum)
In this experiential program, students learn about
Chesapeake geography, social studies, and economics by following the blue crab on its journey from the brackish Bay to our picnic tables. The program focuses on the people who earn their livelihood from the crabbing industry. Students have a chance to walk in their shoes by working a trotline activity, picking stuffed crabs at a packing house, ordering
from a restaurant on a migrant worker’s wages, and culling
their dredge catch. Pre-visit curriculum materials available here.

 

Ecology CruiseEcology Cruise
Ages: 3-10 grades
Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $300 per class
(includes student admission, 32 students/chaperones maximum)

In this ecology-based program, students learn about the diverse animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities onboard the Mister Jim, our replica buy boat. Students explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality
testing, dredging for oysters, and finishing by examining
the animals and organisms that call an oyster reef home.
Pre-visit curriculum materials available here.

 

Oystering on the ChesapeakeEcology Cruise
Ages: 3-8 grades
Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $300 per class
(includes student admission, 32 students/chaperones maximum
In this hands-on program, students explore the history of the ‘greatest oyster factory on Earth’, the Chesapeake Bay, and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment of the Bay and its people. Students will get to learn about an historical Bay where oysters lay ‘thick as stones’ through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells,
hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an ‘oyster gold rush’ in
the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster
nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks.
Pre-visit curriculum materials available here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916

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