School & Group Visits

Has your class ever heard a real cannon fire, seen a shipwreck up close, caught plankton, or tested water quality of Lake Champlain? Hands-on and interactive virtual programs give students the chance to explore our region’s history, archaeology, and ecology.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to hold on-site programs at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Please scroll down to view our current offerings and contact us if you have questions. Thanks!

Meet the newest, biggest, coolest new tool for your school: the Giant Lake Champlain Map! An accurate and detailed 35′ x 25′ vinyl map of our watershed, the giant map is designed to be a spatial and geographical learning tool for teachers and students. By interacting with and learning on the map, students of all ages will learn how where they live is connected to the lake and be inspired to take care of Lake Champlain. Lessons on the map can truly explore any aspect of the Lake Champlain Basin: history, water quality, geography, science, music, math, literature, and more.

If you’d like to learn more about the Giant Map, please contact Elizabeth Lee, Director of Education and Interpretation, by email at

Stipends are available for teachers interested in developing lesson plans thanks to a partnership between Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Lake Champlain Basin Program, and Castleton University.

Each year, we welcome a cohort of motivated, curious local high school students to examine watershed science in the Champlain Valley. Led by Museum staff, small groups of students learn together through self-guided research, small group activities, meet-ups with professionals, outings to local sites, and more. This flexible program is ideal for students who are interested in aquatic science, fisheries, environmental science, or conservation.

Our 2020-21 High School Watershed Science students will investigate dams in their local area to understand the complex history, impact, and management of these structures in the Lake Champlain watershed. Participants will visit local sites; research the history and modern story of their local dams; and meet environmental scientists, dam managers, and scholars who are evaluating dams throughout the region. This apprenticeship will culminate with a collaborative map created by the students to share their research and findings with their communities and peers. Students will emerge from this program with a deeper understanding of the conservation and stewardship issues relating to dams in their local areas.

Individual students or full classes are invited to apply to join this apprenticeship starting in January 2021! Please fill out the simple application form here: Watershed Science Apprenticeship 2020-21 Application