Looking for a field trip that makes an impact? Your students can get up close and personal with history aboard the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain! Join Grays Harbor Historical Seaport on the high seas by participating in our renowned maritime heritage field trip, Voyage of Explorers. Every year, thousands of young people take part in our year-round programs at over 40 West Coast ports. Chances are Voyage of Explorers is offered in a town near you!

Click HERE for Our Port Schedule.

Our one, two, and three-hour educational field trips are Common Core aligned for Grades 4 – 6 and offer a learning opportunity which cannot be replicated in any classroom! Your class will board one of our amazing vessels and be guided by our costumed crew through three distinct learning stations on maritime heritage.

Learning Stations


Students discover the history of commerce and exchange between Euro-American, Native American and Chinese communities and learn how language and cultural differences affected these trade relationships.


Students learn how tall ship sailors use specialized instruments and physical labor to complete complex tasks and reach their intended destination.

Life of a Sailor

Students examine how material objects, oral traditions, and historical accounts can tell us about who tall ship sailors were and what their lives were like onboard during a long voyage.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer James

Each of our Sailing Programs also includes opportunities for students to set and douse the sails, haul and coil lines, and sing shanties with the crew! Your students will have an experience of a lifetime and catch a glimpse of what it was like to be an 18th century mariner.

Program Choices

Choose between stationary Dockside programs or Sailing programs:

Morning Dockside

One hour
10 minute learning stations
$8 per person
15 person min., 43/45 person max. (HC/LW)

Afternoon Sail

Two Hours
15 minute learning stations, line handling, shanties
$30 per person
15 person min., 43/45 person max. (HC/LW)

Morning Sail

Three Hours
20 minute learning stations, line handling, shanties
$35 per person
15 person min., 43/45 person max. (HC/LW)

Photo courtesy of Rick Horn


We believe every student should have the opportunity to experience our one-of-a-kind programs. Our Voyage of Explorers Scholarship provides a robust discount on Sailing Programs for schools demonstrating financial need. All Title I public schools (+40% students receive free or reduced lunch) are eligible for an 85% reduction in per person fees for sailing programs!

Click HERE to apply for our Voyage of Explorers Scholarship!

Lesson Plans

Voyage of Explorers is more than just a field trip –it’s a whole maritime heritage unit! A visit to our tall ships is the centerpiece of a week-long experience that begins in your classroom. All of our onboard programs come with Pre-Visit lesson plans, complete with readings, activities, and learning assessments. Your students will get the most out of their visit by first exploring Pacific maritime history and learning the unique vocabulary and instruments of tall ship sailors.

Have a look at our lesson plans’ Common Core alignment for Grades 4, 5, and 6.

Want to experience Voyage of Explorers but can’t make a trip to the tall ships? You can purchase the classroom lesson plans as a standalone offering and bring maritime history to life wherever you are! Give us a call for details.

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer James


“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, CA

“We were so happy to be on the ships! I love that the kids really helped to raise the sails and coil the ropes.” – Dara Soto, Forks of Salmon Elementary, Salmon, CA

“The team work especially ties into our class social skills. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience for my students.” – Carol Byers, Joe Hamilton Elementary, Crescent City, CA

“An amazing wealth of knowledge and intuitive sense of working with students. It appears that all staff is highly knowledgeable and very engaging!” – Emily Blackmore, Helen Lehman School, Santa Rosa, CA

“We are covering US History, Age of Exploration, Trade, etc. and this is an AMAZING connection.” – Sarah Heiser – Prestwood School, Sonoma, CA

Ready to book? Use the Educational Program Inquiry Form below or call 800-200-5239.

Education Program Inquiry Form

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