Our three-hour Voyage of Explorers educational sail offers a learning opportunity that cannot be simulated in any classroom. After a brief safety class, students work cooperatively to set and trim the sails that carry their beautiful tall ship through the water. Students break into watch groups that rotate through three learning stations, each one focused on a different aspect of maritime history.

This is my twenty-fourth year of teaching middle school students, and I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding it was to be able to ‘bring to life’ some of the experiences my students have been reading about.

Lisa LaBolle

Sunny Brae Middle School, Arcata, California

A Sailor’s Life: This station takes place on the bow with one of our experienced deckhands. The lesson focuses on the tasks and characteristics of a good sailor in the late 1700s. Students handle tools, learn about the food, and explore the working conditions on ships that carried men across the sea for hundreds of years.

Navigation: On the aft deck, students use the tools available on a late 18th century sailing ship to determine speed, depth, direction, and time. Using these simple instruments connects the students with voyaging and how to determine location on a watery world.

Trade: Students descend below decks into the main hold and great cabin to learn about trade on the Pacific as practiced before and during the Age of Sail. Our deckhands bring the story of the original Lady Washington to life with artifacts and maps. Students explore why our ancestors braved the oceans and how economic and cultural value is established by different peoples.

Bonus fun! No time aboard a ship is complete without a round of sea shanties. Our crew leads the class in one or two traditional work songs that help sailors pull together in rhythm, share stories, and pass the time.

Pricing: $35 per person, 15 minimum

Scholarships are available to cover up to 85 percent of the per-student cost of sailing programs only. Learn more

Dockside Programs

Our one-hour dockside Voyage of Explorers program provides students guided, interactive exploration of one of our ships to discover fundamentals of the Age of Sail. After dividing into watches, students move through three learning stations. Our friendly and knowledgeable deckhands engage students at “A Sailor’s Life” on the bow, “Navigation” on the aft deck, and “Trade” in the hold below deck.

Pricing: $8 per person, 15 minimum

Scholarships are available to cover up to 85 percent of the per-student cost of sailing programs only. Learn more

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Our experiential program provides inquiry-based lessons on-board the ships as well as pre- and post-visit activities.



Scholarships are available to groups and individuals who want to learn about life aboard tall ships.

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