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Professional Learning

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and in an effort to keep our staff, partners, students, and public safe, we have adapted or postponed some of our courses. Please see below for more information.

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Join us each summer for graduate-level professional learning courses and workshops to expand your practice and knowledge. We emphasize empirical thinking and hands-on experiences, informed by a unique multidisciplinary approach to the historical and natural heritage of the Champlain Valley. In partnership with Castleton University, most courses are available for graduate-level credit.

2022 Courses & Workshops

The current lineup of our professional learning offerings this year is below.

Current Courses:

Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom
September 18-December 16, 2022

Postponed Courses:

Underwater Archaeology Field School
Learning from the Lake: Using Primary Sources to Teach Key Proficiencies
Cyanobacteria Training
Aquatic Invasive Species Training
Watershed for Every Classroom*
Freedom and Unity: The Struggle for Independence on the Vermont Frontier*
Special Topics in Lake Champlain Natural History

*Registration for these courses is done through course partners and not through Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. See course pages for more information.

How to Register

When you are ready to register, use the “Register Now” button at the bottom of each course page.

For courses that are hosted by the Museum, we’ve also included some tips below to make the registration process easier.

Course Selection and Registration

  • Select the course for which you would like to register. You may register for more than one course at a time.
  • Indicate if you plan to take your selected course with or without credit from Castleton University

Paying for your Course(s)

  • If you are paying by credit card – please fill in the necessary information and submit your form. Your payment will be processed immediately and you will receive a confirmation email.
  • If you are paying by check – please send your payment to us within seven business days of submitting your online registration for the full amount. Make checks out to: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and write your name and “Professional Learning 2020” the memo line. Mail checks to:
    Elizabeth Lee, Education and Interpretation
    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
    4472 Basin Harbor Road
    Vergennes, VT 05491
  • If you are paying by Purchase Order – please provide us with the necessary contact information so we can send an invoice and receive payment on time.

Taking Courses for Credit with Castleton

  • If you are taking a course with credit from Castleton University, you will also have to register through Castleton as well. After submitting your registration, you will receive a link by email along with instructions. No payment will be due to Castleton—the cost of your credit is included in your payment to the Museum.

Everything Else

  • We’ll contact you prior to the start date to answer questions and provide helpful information
  • If you need lodging, please don’t forget to make lodging arrangements
  • If you have any other questions, please contact us at

Past Courses

  • Photogrammetry for the Professional – May-June 2019 with guest lecturer Kotaro Yamafune 
  • Salmon in the Champlain Watershed – June 14, 2019 with instructor Matt Harrison
  • Learning from the Lake: Using Primary Sources to Teach Key Proficiencies – June 24-27, 2019 with instructor Harry Chaucer
  • Phoenix Burning – July 1-3, 2019 with instructor Chris Sabick
  • Special Topics in Lake Champlain Natural History- July 15-19, 2019 in Kamp Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans, VT
  • Champlain Colloquium – August 1, 2019 with invited speaker David Hackett Fischer and scholars of French and Quebec history
  • Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom – August 8-10, 2019 with instructors Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Melody Walker Brook and additional Abenaki culture-bearers