Nothing can replace the experience of coming aboard the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain for a sail. But, because our vessels are always on the move, there are just a few days in every port where we can offer our Voyage of Explorers field trip. When all of our available dates were booked, the most we could offer requesting schools was a spot on our wait list.

Now, that can change. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport as developed the materials for a new educational offering for schools that are unable to visit the boats in person, whether due to financial constraints, time conflicts, or significant travel. Our new Explorer’s Trunk is a distance learning trunk that can be ordered and mailed to schools. It comes with everything teachers will need to lead an immersive educational program on the same maritime history topics introduced in the Voyage of Explorers field trip!

The Explorer’s Trunk comes with four unique lessons, titled after the most common questions we hear on the tall ships:

  1. Why did Americans sail to the Pacific Northwest?
  2. How did sailors know where they were going?
  3. How did people live on a ship?
  4. What did sailors do for fun?

Within each lesson, teachers will find an in class reading, a story time reading, games or activities, and a selection of writing prompts. Also included are living history items and period clothing for students to examine and interact with, just as they would on Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.

The lessons are aligned to meet the Common Core standards for Grades 2, 3, and 4 –a younger age range than for our Voyage of Explorers field trip. Schools are welcome to order the Explorer’s trunk as an in-class offering for their younger grades, or combine the Trunk with a tall ship field trip to get the whole school involved in their most grade-appropriate way.

Each of the four lessons, the instructional Teacher’s Guide, and the resources and references materials are all complete. Historical Seaport will work through Summer to compile new education objects and the appropriate packaging necessary to begin fulfilling orders in Fall 2019. The price is yet to be determined, but the aim is to make this offering a lower cost alternative to all of our Voyage of Explorers programs.



If you have questions or would like to get in touch with us about the Explorer’s Trunk or education at Historical Seaport, please give us a call at 360-532-8611 or email