Homeschool Programs

The Mariners’ Museum provides homeschooler students with the opportunity to delve into maritime history and science and to recognize the sea’s impact on their world and on their individual lives.

Pre-registration is required for all homeschool programs. The Mariners’ Museum reserves the right to cancel or change scheduled programs.


It's a Maritime World After All

October 17, 2014

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Do you think that the sea influences your life on a daily basis? If you answered “no” you are in for a surprise! Join The Mariners’ Museum as we explore the importance of the maritime world in your life. From the first Thanksgiving to the most recent hurricane and so much more, you’ll discover why it is a maritime world after all!


Classes to Explore:


Grades: K – 2nd

10:15 – 11:00 PM*

Explore the important role lighthouses have played in helping ships safely navigate the waterways. Using the book, Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, we’ll learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper over 100 years ago. Students will also discover changes in lighthouse design and technology over the years. We’ll finish the program learning about different lighthouses from around the world and making a lighthouse to take home.

11:15-12:00 PM*

Leaving England for the New World, the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean on their small ship the Mayflower. Using reproduction objects, we’ll explore what their life was like in the Old World, on board the Mayflower, and in Plymouth. Students will learn about the parts of a sailing ship and how it sails through the water. We’ll conclude with a discussion of why the Pilgrims first celebrated Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it today. During the program, students will create a story bracelet to help them remember key parts of the Pilgrims’ story.

Grades: 3rd – 5th

10:00 – 11:00 PM*

In this inquiry-based program, students will discover what properties of water cause a boat to float. We’ll then discuss ship hull designs as students create their own hull and discover what shape is best for various functions. Through experiments, students will determine how form follows function and how different shapes influence how well a boat will float.

11:15 – 12:15 PM*

Set sail during the Golden Age of Piracy to learn about the reality of pirates. Students will be introduced to the stereotypical concepts of pirates and discuss where images of hooks, peg legs and eye patches originated. By examining such pirates as Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Calico Jack, students will learn about the lives of real pirates. Female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny are also introduced along with many of the popular weapons used by these “rogues of the seas.” We’ll conclude by comparing modern day pirates with those who sailed hundreds of years ago.

Grades 6th – 12th

12:30 – 1:30 PM*

Beginning with an exploration of the forces behind the development of tropical systems, students will explore the life cycle of hurricanes, from their beginnings as a disorganized system of clouds and rain to the storms that can cause devastation to coastal and inland communities around the world. We’ll investigate storm surge and discuss what makes it so destructive along with other potential dangers. Students will use their newly acquired knowledge as they take part in an interactive, role-play scenario exploring what it takes to prepare their “town” for a hurricane.

1:30 – 2:30 PM*

Tsunamis don’t happen often, but when they do, their impact can be devastating. During this program, students journey from the Earth’s core to the ridges and valleys of the sea floor as they learn about the underlying causes of tsunamis. As part of the program, students explore how the Earth was formed, the materials that compose her layers, plate tectonics and how underwater quakes influence waves and at times evolve into massive tsunamis. We’ll conclude with a tsunamis prediction activity.

*Times subject to change or additional times may be added


Early Registration – Until October 10


$12 per student/adult


$15 per student/adult

5 and Under


After October 10

Members $15 per student/adult
Non-Members $20 per student/adult
5 and Under FREE

Prices include homeschool activities, classes and Museum admission. Children 5 and under get free Museum admission and may participate in activities with their older siblings at no additional cost.


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For questions regarding Homeschool Programs please contact:

Education Department
(757) 591-7745