The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has educational programming to suit nearly every age and learning objective. We welcome everyone - from small home school groups to large busloads of kids. If you don't see a program that works for you, give us a call; we can augment or adjust a program to better meet your students' needs. From our on-site education at Basin Harbor, to our touring replica schooner Lois McClure; from the simplicity of having our educators visit your classroom, to the adventure of taking kids out in boats, we have a fun, exciting, and educational program for your students.
We have organized our offerings by topic and by type, to the right. Also note that we offer free lesson plans to help educators prepare students for each field trip, and kits to rent for classroom use. Please read "Tips to make your visit successful" to get the most out of your experience.
This winter (2013-2014) Champlain Longboats builds a special whaleboat that will accompany Mystic Seaport's newly relaunched whaleship Charles W. Morgan.
Come visit! Whale Days: Special programs for visitors, youth, and groups.
Pricing for Groups
Unless otherwise noted with the program descriptions, we offer the following sliding scale fee structure for multiple educational programs. We often receive funding for subsidized or free programs. Call for details.
Self-Guided Field Trip
(held in your classroom November - March)
First Program $250 (plus $.50/mile)
Second Program $125
Third Program $100
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
To register for these programs, call (802) 475-2022 Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Nautical Archaeology Field School on Lake Champlain
A field school experience is a critical component for any student pursuing a career path in nautical archeology. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is hosting a rigorous two-week program that offers a mix of both academic instruction and hands-on underwater archaeological research. The diving sessions will teach practical underwater skills using both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology, while the classroom component will provide students with an opportunity to train in GIS, study CRM practices, and learn about local history and artifact conservation methods.
Read more about our Field School.
Maritime Museum Comes to You
Our experts are ready to bring fascinating programs to your community. Call (802) 475-2022 to set up a program in your area! Programs include:
- Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain
- The Search for Macdonough's Shipyard
- Canal Boat Wrecks
- Adventures of Schooner Lois McClure
- Memoirs of a 1776 Gunboat Captain
- Exploring the Underwater Battlefield at Valcour Bay
- Operation Spitfire: Saving the Last 1776 Gunboat Water Highway of History
Fee: $250 plus mileage. Need-based fee reduction possible - call for details.
Online Shipwreck Webcast
This FREE hour-long broadcast - recorded live on November 5, 2009 - will take you deep under the cold dark waters of Lake Champlain to the wreck of the Sarah Ellen. View It Here
Many thanks to our sponsors who make this amazing programming happen:
Bauer Fabrication, Bobcat Cafe, Bristol Financial Services, DJ's Tree Service & Logging, George W. Mergens Foundation, Lang Associates, Leo Cox Beach Foundation, Mountain Telecom, Inc., Neat Repeats, NRG Systems, and Queen City Printers.