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Time: 10-2:00                                                     Cost $1,500

Duration 1.5 hour sail        1.5 Hour shore based/museum

Participants- 41 Students/ Chaperones

During a 1.5-hour educational sail aboard the schooner AJ Meerwald, your group will participate in a variety of hands-on activities focusing on STEM and maritime history.

Students start off by donning life jackets and learning about safety on board the schooner. Once the boat is off the dock, they learn how to handle lines and work together to raise the sails! Depending on the port, students may trawl for critters in their local waterway.

Students will enjoy an immersive, hands-on adventure that will cover sail handling, navigation, the physics of sail power, life on board an oystering vessel and of course taking in the sights and sounds of the Maurice River and Delaware Bay. At the end of each lesson, students are challenged to think of ways that they can personally make a difference and help preserve our natural resources.

Students will learn about the history of the AJ Meerwald, will have a brief silent reflection/observation time, and will hear the crew sing a sea shanty or two!

During the 1.5 hour shore based/ museum portion, students will rotate through three science and history workshops, or one workshop and a wetland walk.

Our Workshops

All workshops are hands-on, interactive, and meet New Jersey core curriculum standards. Programs are designed for grades 4 and up, but we can accommodate younger or older students with advance notification.


If you have any questions or would like to book a program, please email us at education@bayshorecenter.org or call us at (856)785-2060.