Education

Students learn how to build a kayak in the boat shop

Building Kayaks for Adventure with Two Roads Academy

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director This past November, the Museum’s Champlain Longboats program embarked on an exciting new initiative with Two Roads Academy, a privately operated alternative education program based in Williston that works with public school students, to create a once-in-a-lifetime kayak experience for students. Students and staff from Two Roads Academy  come …

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New Year, New Boat: 2020 Student Boat Building Kicks Off

By Meg Salocks, Director of Marketing and Engagement Today marks the first day of an exciting annual project here at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: the first day of boat building! This year our boat builders hail from two local schools: Vergennes Union High and Middlebury Union High. Our flagship youth boat building program, Champlain Longboats …

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Waving from one of the gigs

Expedition Champlain 2019: Travel Journal

This past month, our teen overnight group, Expedition Champlain, set off from the museum with nine participants and three trip leaders Haley Ferrer, Mandy Smith and Laura Caldwell for an eight-day journey. The group rowed two of the museum’s 32′ pilot gigs, exploring remote sections of Lake Champlain, dodging challenging weather and ultimately reaching the Canadian border.

LCMM to host USCG Captains and Masters license courses

This November, LCMM will be hosting US Coast Guard certified Captains and Masters license courses on campus. The courses will be lead by Boatwise LLC. Boatwise’s USCG “6 PAK” OUPV (license to operate an uninspected passenger vessel) course will run over two long weekends in November, the 1st-4th & the 8th-11th (Thurs-Sun). In addition, the opportunity …

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Steamboat Reindeer Ship’s Wheel to be Reunited with Pilot House

Working with museum collections is sometimes like assembling a jigsaw puzzle – on a very large scale, and over a very long period of time. Steamboat Reindeer is one of the largest “jigsaw puzzles” in LCMM’s collection. In September 2017, Joyce Kendrick Weldon called to offer the Museum the ship’s wheel from the Reindeer on …

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image of kids in the snow

FUSION: ‘Winter Stories’

This month we wrapped up another great FUSION session at Vergennes Union Elementary School. Our topic was ‘Winter Stories’. Each day the group gathered to read a story, book or poem and discuss the content. Then, we ventured out into the chilly temperatures to do an activity based on what we read. We tracked footprints …

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Microscope Field

FUSION: Life Through Lenses

We’ve just finished up another great Fusion program with Vergennes Elementary School. For the past eight weeks we’ve been joining two small groups of students on Mondays and Wednesdays to take a closer look at various parts of the natural world. Our theme was “Life through Lenses” and our goal was to explore the world …

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Hoehl Family Foundation Gift Supports Educational Programs at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Research Institute

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum & Research Institute (LCMM) has received $600,000 from the Hoehl Family Foundation.  With this generous gift, LCMM has created the Robert & Cynthia Hoehl Memorial ‘Education for All’ Fund.  “The Hoehl Family Foundation Board is thrilled to make this significant gift to honor the legacy and long-standing traditions of LCMM, while …

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