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School Programs

 

At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, we are dedicated to teaching students about the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay’s communities and environment. Whether at the Museum, in your classroom, or out on the water, our hands-on programs and curriculum units are designed to inspire, challenge and enlighten your students about the Chesapeake’s unique people and places.

Prices include general admission to the Museum. Programs and tours are available throughout the year and welcome all public, private, and home-schooled students, as well as youth organizations. For information, contact Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org.

 

Self Guided Tours

In addition to our guided tours, we offer the option of self-guided tours by reservation. Our self-guided tours can accommodate up to 100 students with teachers and chaperones. Supplemental activities to compliment our self-guided tours are available by request. CBMM school tours run continuously throughout the year, and we welcome all students, whether from public, private, or home schools. *No charge for Talbot County students.

Maryland Students $2 per student  | Out-of-State Students $4 per student  |  Teachers/Chaperones $8 per person


Guided Tours

Our guided tours are designed to bring the heritage, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake alive through themed, docent-lead explorations of our 18-acre campus and exhibitions. *No charge for Talbot County students for guided tours.

Maryland Students $4 per student  | Out-of-State Students $8 per student  |  Teachers/Chaperones $8 per person


Bay Discovery Tour at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

Bay Discovery Guided Tour

Ages: 2-12 graders  |  Duration: 1.5 hours  |  40 students/chaperones max

In this history–based program, students explore the Chesapeake’s intertwined past and present from the Native Americans’ woodland forests and marshes to today’s froggy rumble of powerboats. Through touch objects and hands-on displays in our 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, At Play on the Bay, Waterfowling, and Bay History exhibits, students learn about how the Chesapeake profoundly shaped the lives of its inhabitants over the centuries.

 


Children tong for oysters off of Waterman's Wharf at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Bay Bounty Guided Tour

Ages: K-12 graders  |  Duration: 1.5 hours  |  40 students/chaperones max

In this guided science–and history–based program, students learn what it means to “follow the water” in every season on the Chesapeake through the eyes of a waterman. Students will tong for oysters, pull crab pots, climb into an oysterman’s bunk on a skipjack, and hear stories of the “big guns” commercial hunters used at the turn of the 19th century.

 


 

Experiential Programs

These programs offer an in-depth exploration of history and environmental activities on the water, in our boatyard, and in our exhibitions. Specifically tailored to provide small groups with an intensive experience, our experiential programs allow students up close and personal with the Bay’s people, places, and creatures.


 

Chesapeake's Best Crab Cakes Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Experiential Program

*Limited to Talbot County students only

Ages: 3-5 graders  |  Duration: 1.5 hours  |  Cost: $300 per class. 32 students/chaperones max. *Dependent upon seasonal availability

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.

Curriculum Unit
This curriculum unit, focusing on the crabbing industry of Talbot County, offers fun multidisciplinary activities and lessons for 3rd grade students to teach them about the social, scientific, economic, and historical impacts of the crabbing industry.

Download the Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes curriculum

 


Oyster legacy tour at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

Oystering Legacy Experiential Program

Ages: 3-8 graders | Duration: 1.5 hours. Cost: $300 per class
32 students/chaperones max
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 learn about a time in which 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.

Curriculum Unit
Oystering on the Chesapeake, offers teachers’ multi-disciplinary lesson plans to introduce students in grades 4 through 6 to the economic, environmental, and cultural significance of the oystering industry. Whatever lessons within the curriculum unit you choose, your students are sure to enjoy this exploration about the region’s oyster industry and the challenges facing the industry today.

Download the Oystering on the Chesapeake curriculum:
Oystering Curriculum, 1-5
Oystering Curriculum, 6-10


 

Ecology Cruises are offered at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

Ecology Cruise Experiential Program

Ages: 2-10th graders | Duration: 2 hours | Cost: $300 per class. 32 students/chaperones max
Now taking reservations for the 2015 Season!

In this ecology-based program, students learn about the animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle. Students explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, and finishing by examining the animals, and organisms that call an oyster reef home.

Curriculum Unit
This multi-disciplinary curriculum unit compliments our Ecology Cruise, and tackles the issues of lower catches, water quality, and uncertain futures that many watermen today face though newspaper articles, maps, testimonials, and web research. This unit is designed for 5th-8th grade students.

Download the Watermen and the Chesapeake’s Curriculum


Custom Tours

Interested in an educational program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum but can’t find what you’re looking for? Customized programming tailored to your group’s age, interests, and abilities is available. A month’s advance notice is required for custom programming.

Advanced registration is required. Prices include general admission to the Museum. Programs and tours are available throughout the year and welcome all public, private, and home-schooled students, as well as youth organizations. Contact Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org.