Education Programs

Ms. Hiltons ClassWow! What an amazing adventure. Thank you so much for the program you prepared for my class, it’s a field trip we will always remember.”

– Mary Ann Hilton, Lady Washington Nov. 20, 2012

Ready to register now? Use our convenient online registration form.

Each year we engage more than 9,000 students in our “Voyage of Explorers: Nations Connecting Through Trade” program on Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Our experiential program provides inquiry-based lessons on-board the ships as well as pre- post-visit activities available on the website. Voyage of Explorers curriculum meets common core state standards for grades 4-7 and can be tailored to the needs and interests of any age group, including adults.

Sailing Programs

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.

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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 helped sailors pull together in rhythm, share stories, and pass the time.

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.

Dockside and Sailing Program Pricing

  • Sailing: $35 per person, 15-person minimum
  • Dockside: $8 per person, 15-person minimum

Ready to register? Fill out our online Voyage of Explorers registration form today or download the PDF version of the form and fax it to 360-533-9384. Reservations are available on a first-come, first served basis. For more details, call 800-200-5239, or email education@historicalseaport.org.

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, Calif.

Read Lisa’s thank-you letter and school newspaper article.

Student and Teacher Guides

GHHS-IMG_2886Hyde ImagesFind important pre-visit information on this page, as well as a checklist to guide the process. You’ll also find student lessons and teacher guides.

Learn more about the importance of outdoor, hands on learning from this great article by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.