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Lighthouse Overnight Adventures

For more information on education programs, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at 410-745-4941 or

Lighthouse Overnight Adventures

For youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones). For inquiries about the program, or to register, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail

Lighthouse Overnight Adventures for ages 8-12

The program is offered Fridays and Saturdays, April through June and September and October with advanced reservations required.

Under the guidance of a museum educator, youth group participants experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located on the museum’s 18-acre campus along the St. Michaels Harbor.

Twelve to eighteen children and their chaperones can participate in the program. Children ages 8-12 travel back through time to explore the adventurous, exciting, and sometimes dangerous life of a late 19th-century lighthouse keeper. Through educator-led activities, participants try their hand at the keeper’s traditional duties, listen to stories, and discover facts and clues about living in a lighthouse, navigation, and Bay history through games and puzzles. Built in 1879, the screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse once lit the way past Hooper Strait, nearly 39 miles south of St. Michaels. The lighthouse was slated for demolition in 1966, when the museum purchased the lighthouse and moved it to its current location. The lighthouse is one of only three of its kind still in existence on the Chesapeake.

The program fee is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse, a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission to the museum, a souvenir patch, and (seasonally available) a complimentary boat ride on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Boat rides are weather permitting.

Download: Download the Lighthouse Overnight Program Flyer

Download: Lighthouse Overnight Program Content & FAQs

Download: Liability Release & Parental Consent Form


Spring 2017 Lighthouse Overnight Offerings:

Friday, March 31 | Saturday, April 1
Friday, April 7 |  Saturday, April 8
Friday, April 14 | Saturday, April 15
Friday, April 21 | Saturday, April 22
Friday, May 5 | Saturday, May 6
Friday, May 12 | Saturday, May 13
Friday, May 19 | Saturday, May 20
Friday, May 26 | Saturday, May 27
Friday, June 2 | Saturday, June 3
Friday, June 9 | Saturday, June 10
Friday, June 16 | Saturday, June 17
Friday, June 23 | Saturday, June 24

Fall 2017 Lighthouse Overnight Offerings:

Friday, September 1 | Saturday, September 2
Friday, September 8
Friday, September 15 | Saturday, September 16
Friday, September 22 | Saturday, September 23
Friday, September 29 | Saturday, September 30
Friday, October 6 | Saturday, October 7
Friday, October 13 | Saturday, October 14
Friday, October 20 | Saturday, October 21
Friday, October 27 | Saturday, October 28

Girl Scouts Badges

Participation in the Lighthouse Overnight program fulfills requirements for the Lighthouse Badge and completes an activity for The Chesapeake Bay Patch. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Lighthouse Badge & Interest Project by phone at 732-821-9090, or visit