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Field Trip Opportunities for School Groups, 2017

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ROV Shipwreck Tour!

Use an ROV to explore shipwrecks in real-time!

You and your students take a boat ride on Basin Harbor Club's EScape, and "dive" with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) on a shipwreck at the bottom of Lake Champlain!

The closest wreck for viewing at our Basin Harbor facility is Champlain II, a nineteenth-century steamboat that went aground in 1875. We also recommend combining this program with a Self-Guided visit of our site, included in the program fee. Please allow two full hours for this program.

Download our free Pre- & Post-Visit Lesson Plans.

Read what the King Street Youth Center wrote about us in their blog King Street Voices

$375 per trip. Maximum number of people in overall group, including teachers and chaperones, is 42.

Lake Adventure Laboratory:
ROV & Ecology “Floating Classroom” Field Trip

ow of Philadelphia II

Maximum Number of Students: 30, Maximum Number of People: 35
Sailing from LCMM's Basin Harbor Campus
Grades 4+
Fee: $799

Over the course of 3 hours students will explore the cultural and ecological history and science of Lake Champlain using underwater robotics and hands on science. Up to 30 students will embark on the EScape and head across the Lake to the Underwater Historic Preserve buoy at the wreck of the steamer Champlain II where they will conduct a series of scientific experiments to determine the current environmental conditions such as wind speed and direction, air and water temperature, water clarity, and water chemistry. These data points will be logged and added to an on-going record accessible to the students and teachers back in their classrooms for further study.

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Steamer Champlain II

We will dive via ROV to the wreck of the Champlain II, learning her story, and exploring the wreck taking note of how it serves both as an archeological record but also as an environment for Lake life including exotic invasive species such as zebra mussel, native fish, plants, and invertebrates.

Students will collect plankton tow samples and explore the microscopic life of the Lake under a microscope. The students will learn how to prepare slides and then look at them on the large display aboard the EScape. They will use field guides to identify what is found, and photos and video will be captured to be sent back to the classroom for further study.

Dress for the weather! We will sail in the rain.

1776: The Revolutionary War in the Champlain Valley

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Students aboard the replica gunboat Philadelphia II.

2.5-hour field trip program held at the Museum’s Basin Harbor site
Grades 4+ (maximum 48 students)
$9 per student, one free adult per 10 students (minimum fee $200)

Discover how Benedict Arnold and his fleet changed the course of history in 1776. Participants will look at the Champlain Valley as the Northern Theatre of the Revolutionary War. Visit the replica Philadelphia II for hands-on training about life on board a gunboat. Watch demonstrations in the 18th-century style blacksmith’s shop. Try your hand at woodworking tools and learn about the Battle of Valcour Island in the Revolutionary War exhibit. Download our free Pre- & Post-Visit Lesson Plans.

Paddling & Rowing Ecology—Field Trip

LCMM educator and students take samples of the lake
Educator Matt Witten and students
take samples in the lake.

Using our canoes, rowing gigs and science equipment, students study the ecological conditions of Lake Champlain. Groups receive basic boating instructions, and then travel on the open lake to conduct observations and measurements including collecting and examining plankton samples, catching fish in a net, and testing water quality of the lake. This field trip program is suitable for students grade 5 and up.

Destinations include the stunning Palisades, the historic confluence of Dead Creek and Otter Creek, and geologically rich Button Island. Ask us about custom trips to your community.


4-hours: $20/student (minimum fee $300)
Maximum number of people in overall group is 28, including two required teachers/chaperones.

Pilot Gigs

Row as a team in a rugged, seaworthy 32-foot wooden longboats.
Fee is $250 per boat, which can hold up to six students and one teacher/parent.

Boats, Boats, Boats

Students try out different boat types

1.5-hour field trip program held at the Museum’s Basin Harbor site
Grades Pre-K–3 (maximum 30 participants)
$9 per student, one free adult per 10 students

Download our free Pre- & Post-Visit Lesson Plans.


Champlain Longboats: Youth Rowing—Field Trip

Students race in the Wakefield Row
Gigs racing in the Burlington Wakefield Row.
Photo Buzz Kuhn

Students come to the museum at Basin Harbor, the Falls at Vergennes on Otter Creek, or Burlington Harbor and learn to row as a team in our magnificent 32’ rowing boats. The primary focus is on team building, while exposing students to the cultural and natural history of the rich regional marine environment. Schools and youth programs can sign up for a one-time half-day session or join us for a full season of rowing, culminating in a regional gathering and race of boats and youth programs.

This field trip program is suitable for students grades 7 and up.

$175 for each group of six (minimum fee $150), morning or afternoon trip. Call for details regarding seasonal rowing.

Self-Guide: Design Your Own Visit
1.5–3 hour field trip program held at the museum’s Basin Harbor site
Grades Pre-K+ (no maximum)
$6 per student, one free adult per 5 students.

Self-designed visits are an excellent option for those of you with large class sizes or broader learning objectives. Students will tour the museum site in small groups led by their own chaperones, exploring any of the twelve exhibit areas. This option is also available in combination to any of our guided programs. Ask about how you can custom design your own visit. Download our free Pre- & Post-Visit Lesson Plans.

Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge

Scouts from Vermont Troop 624 visit LCMM's Conservation Laboratory to earn their Archaeology Merit Badge
Scouts from Vermont Troop 624 visit LCMM's Conservation Laboratory to earn their Archaeology Merit Badge.
See more photos and read about their visit in our Blog article "Troop 624 Visits LCMM".

Are you a fan of Indiana Jones? Want to learn how to clean iron using electricity? Interested in finding out more about the shipwrecks here on Lake Champlain?  Your Boy Scout Troop can earn their Archaeology Merit Badge right here at LCMM with Conservation Technician and Merit Badge Counselor Alex Lehning. Discover more about the history and archaeology of our region, discuss the various methods used by our nautical archeologists to explore underwater, learn about different treatment methods for artifacts, and even perform your own hands-on conservation project in our state-of-the-art Conservation Lab. Learn more about specific badge requirements.

Boy Scouts and adult leaders are invited to contact us at (802) 475-2022 or for more information about scheduling a visit.


Special Opportunity
See a guided program listed here, but want to take it further? Ask how you can extend the learning opportunities for our educational programs with your groups. Note: extended programs are based on space available and have an additional fee.