Field Trip Opportunities for School Groups
The American Revolution in the Champlain Valley
Discover how Benedict Arnold and his fleet changed the course of history in 1776 on Lake Champlain and the Battle of Valcour Island. Participants will learn how the Champlain Valley played a central role as the Northern Theatre of the Revolutionary War. Watch demonstrations in the 18th-century style blacksmith’s shop, try your hand with woodworking tools, and visit the replica Philadelphia II to learn about life on board a gunboat.
Duration: 2.5-hour, field trip program held at the Museum’s Basin Harbor site
Grades: Grade 4 and up
Max. Students: 48
Program Fee: $9 per student, (minimum fee $150)
Req. Student to Adult Ratio: 10:1
ROV Shipwreck Tour
Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to Explore Shipwrecks
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!
We will explore the 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).
Duration: 2 hours, field trip program held at the Museum’s Basin Harbor site
Grades: Grade 3 and up
Max. Group: 40 (students & adults)
Program Fee: $400/trip
Req. Student to Adult Ratio: 10:1
The Ecology of Lake Champlain - Paddling or Rowing Trip
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 water to conduct observations and measurements including collecting and examining plankton samples, catching fish in a seine net, and testing water quality of the lake.
Duration: 4 hours
Grades: Grade 5 and up
Max. Group: 24 (Paddling), 20 (Rowing)
Program Fee: $20/person (adults and students)
Min. Fee: $300 (Paddling), $150 (Rowing)
Req. Student to Adult Ratio: 10:1 (Paddling), 7:1 (Rowing)
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.
Duration: Unlimited, 10 am - 5 pm (at least 3 hours recommended)
Max. Group: 150
Program Fee: $6 per student, one free adult per 5 students
Min. Fee: None
Req. Student to Adult Ratio: 5:1
Multiple or Custom Programs
We pride ourselves on being flexible—we’ll be glad to combine multiple programs into one visit.
In addition to 1776, ROV/Shipwreck tours and Lake Ecology, we offer hands-on and demonstration-based programs on the topics listed below. We recommend dividing large classes into smaller groups (max. 10 students) for most activities.
- Team-Building: Rowing (for grade 6 and over), Group games and activities
- Metalworking: Blacksmithing, Copper working, Bronze casting
- Natural History and Human Impact on the Lake
- Pre-Industrial Technology
- Terrestrial and Nautical Archaeology
- Artifact Conservation
Max. Group: Custom
Program Fee: Please ask for quote
LCMM’s registered merit badge counselor can customize programs to meet Boy Scouts of America merit badge requirements.