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Educational Programs

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.

On-Water Ecology

For Teachers: On-Water Ecology Teacher Training Workshops

LCMM is offering an On-Water Ecology Professional Development Program to teachers in Addison and Chittenden Counties that will provide field training to educators looking to expand their biological/ecological curriculum outside of the classroom. Teachers will be trained in science-based methods, experiments and activities that will focus on the unique watersheds of the Champlain Basin.

More about On-Water Ecology Teacher Training Workshops...

This Winter: Champlain Longboats in the Boatshop

The Champlain Longboats Program is an innovative boat-building and rowing program that partners the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum with regional schools and community organizations. The primary goal is to develop positive, healthy behavior in middle and high school students at a critical time in their lives by exposing them to the innate team / self esteem-building nature of boat building and rowing.


Students participate in LCMM's Paddling Ecology program
Students in the Paddling Ecology program
examine the lake environment.

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.

Guided Field Trip Programs
(held on our museum site May-October)
Single Program $5/student
Two Programs $7/student
Three Programs $10/student
Special Pricing for On-Water Programs

Self-Guided Field Trip

Outreach Programs
(held in your classroom November - March)
First Program $250 (plus $.50/mile)
Second Program $125
Third Program $100

To register for these programs, call (802) 475-2022 Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm.

Blacksmithing at LCMM

Nautical Archaeology Field School

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:

Fee: $250 plus mileage. Need-based fee reduction possible - call for details.

Webcast of the Shipwrecked Sarah Ellen - November 5, 2009
This FREE online broadcast is now viewable HERE.

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.