Secondary/Post Field Trip Experiences

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Hammond-Harwood House
  • Maryland State House 
  • U.S Naval Academy
  • Watermark

Middle School Programs

Choose from three different programs:

Animal Exploration focuses on the variety of critters that make their home in the Chesapeake Bay. Explore an oyster reef habitat and go seining on our beach.

Oysters 101 is an in-depth look at the Eastern Oyster – its ecology, its biology, and its historical ties to the culture of the Bay.

Back Creek Science gets students investigating the health of the Bay through hands-on-learning – see what fish live under our docks and use scientific equipment to measure water quality.

High School Programs

Choose from three different programs:

Chesapeake Bay Ecology allows students to learn about the many different animals that live in the Chesapeake Bay.

Oysters 102 gives students the chance to understand the Eastern Oyster inside and out. Dissect an oyster, examine the decline of the oyster fishery through interactive activities, and explore the oyster reef habitat.

Estuarine Field Studies focuses on teaching scientific sampling techniques used to evaluate the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Students use scientific equipment to examine the animal communities and water quality of the Bay.

Kayaking

Climb aboard and get up close and personal with the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay. Our naturalists will lead your group on a guided paddle down Back Creek, highlighting its interesting history and ecology along the way. Grades 4 and up. 2-hour and 4-hour programs available.

CONTACT: program@amaritime.org
ADDRESS: 723 Second Street  PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-295-0104 x13
Web Link: http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs

Maryland’s Deep Roots in African American History Guided Tours

Tour the Banneker-Douglass Museum’s exhibitions and discover Maryland’s African American history. The Banneker-Douglass Museum offers guided and unguided tours of its exhibitions throughout the school year. Tours feature the stories of Marylanders both famous and not-so-well-known including Mathias de Sousa, Benjamin Banneker, James Pennington, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Matthew Henson, and Thurgood Marshall.
Program duration: 1.5 hours but may be shortened upon request.

Cost: $25.00/group of 30 students.
Guided tours may be customized to a group’s needs and interests. Guided tours of and/or all of the museum exhibitions are available and must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT:  dlcontactbdm_bdm@maryland.gov

ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov
Download: Banneker Douglass Museum School Programs.pdf

 

Telling My Story Hands-On Workshop

Students will learn about the tradition of oral history and its importance in various cultures throughout the world. Students will see how oral history has provided information about people and places that may otherwise have gone undocumented. Using collaborative oral history projects between BDM and Anne Arundel County Public Schools such as “Music to Our Ears” documenting Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches and “Our Common Threads” documenting Rosenwald Schools, students will learn how to conduct research using oral history. Students will interview each other about their life experiences growing up in Maryland during the 20th and 21st centuries to help document recent history and current events.
Program duration: 2 hours.

Cost: $50.00/group of 30 students.
Recommended for grades 6-12.
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: dlcontactbdm_bdm@maryland.gov
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov
Download: Banneker Douglass Museum School Programs.pdf

Environmental Education Student Programs

CBF’s Education Department takes students outside to explore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and learn how we can all take action to save the Bay. Our award-winning environmental education program has been one of the cornerstones of our effort to reverse the Bay’s decline. All programs are designed to support state standards of education and are based from the official definition for a “Meaningful Watershed Education Experience” as defined by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

We offer one day boat and/or canoe programs, including the historic Skipjack Stanley Norman in Annapolis. We also offer three day overnight programs on islands in the Chesapeake Bay.
Applications can be found at: www.cbf.org/programs

CONTACT:  Scheduling Department
ATTRACTION: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
ADDRESS:  6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  800-445-5572
Web Link: www.CBF.org/educate
Download: EdCatalog2011.pdf

 

Environmental Education Professional Development Programs

CBF’s Teacher Professional Development Program, Chesapeake Classrooms, provides high-quality training that meets the evolving needs of teachers and schools. Instruction focuses on involving students in meaningful outdoor experiences that are aligned with local school system standards.

During a Chesapeake Classrooms five-day course, participants immerse themselves in a field investigation of the ecology, culture, history, and modern challenges of the Bay. CBF’s commitment to educators does not end on the last day of a program. Throughout the year, Chesapeake Classrooms provides tools and resources that help teachers bring the watershed to life for their students. They can access the online community; communicate with mentor teachers; and receive lesson plans, maps, and other CBF resources.

CONTACT:  Scheduling Department
ATTRACTION: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
ADDRESS: 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  800-445-5572
Web Link: www.CBF.org/educate
Download: EdCatalog2011.pdf

To Be Colonial

To Be a Colonial targets grades 6 – 8. The program focuses on the lives of four individuals associated with the Hammond-Harwood House between 1774 and 1820. Students are introduced to two women and two men, all with exceptionally different lives: Matthias Hammond,a colonial gentleman; William Buckland, a Pre-Revolutionary War architect; Frances Loockerman, the daughter of a mayor of Annapolis; and Rachel, a slave. Students learn about these individuals via discussions of politics, slavery, housewifery, foodways, art, and clothing.

Session I: Colonial house tour with focus on the daily lives of four colonial characters

Session II: Examination of primary sources documents including wills and inventories, and examination of reproduction artifacts and clothing. Emphasis on learning through real documents and 18th-century objects.

ATTRACTION: Hammond-Harwood House
CONTACT: Rachel Lovett
ADDRESS: 19 Maryland Ave. Annapolis, MD
PHONE:  410-263-4683 x10
Web Link: www.hammondharwoodhouse.org

Reading and Writing History

Designed to give high school students a hands-on lesson about Colonial American history. The program is divided up into three mini-sessions each with its own goals: a colonial house tour, an introduction to history resources, and a session of hands-on group study.
The program covers topics which include common and indentured laborers, slave life, life of craftsmen, gentry activities and leisure time, decorative arts, and architecture. Other topics may be added by teachers upon request.

ATTRACTION: Hammond-Harwood House
CONTACT: Rachel Lovett
ADDRESS: 19 Maryland Ave. Annapolis, MD
PHONE:  410-263-4683 x10
Web Link: www.hammondharwoodhouse.org

Maryland State House Tour

Come visit the Maryland State House, a building that exhibits FOUR CENTURIES of history. Take a tour of the building’s historic rooms and chambers! The Maryland State House was the first peacetime capitol of the United States and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, General George Washington came before the Congress to resign his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War. Come experience our nation’s rich history as you visit this one a kind building.

*The State House is open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
To help make your visit to the Maryland State House more enjoyable, and to provide you with an understanding of its rich and historic past, self-guided tour information is available in the Office of Interpretation on the first floor.

**Please note that security measures are in place at the State House and other state buildings. Picture ID is required for entrance and metal detectors are in operation.

**Specialized curatorial tours of the building and its artwork can be arranged by appointment by calling 410.260.6445. There is no charge for tours, but donations are encouraged to support the interpretation of the building.

ATTRACTION: Maryland State House
CONTACT: Services Visitor Program Coordinator
ADDRESS: 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-946-5400 / 301-970-5400 or 1-800-492-7122 ext 5400
Web Link: dls.state.md.us/Content.aspx?page=132
Download a SELF-GUIDED TOUR BROCHURE

U.S Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center

U.S Naval Academy Field Trips-

Guided Walking Tour:

Interactive guided walking tour based on middle and high school curriculum. Students learn about Naval Academy history and architecture.

Since this is the undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, certified guides also provide information on admissions procedures and midshipmen life, including academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, traditions and career opportunities in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Tour: One hour; including restroom break and USNA Gift Shop, one hour and 30 minutes. Value-added: Free film, The Call to Serve, shows every 15 minutes on the quarter hour (theater seats 100).

CONTACT: Scheduling Coordinator, Naval Academy Guide Service
ADDRESS: Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George St., Annapolis, MD 21402
PHONE: 410-293-8112 (Scheduling Office); 410-293-8687 (Information Desk)
Web Link: www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors 

Navy Way Boot Camp:

This interactive tour is based on elementary (beginning with 4th grade), middle and high school curriculum. Students learn about the Naval Academy. Grades 8-12 are given information on admissions procedures and midshipmen life. One hour.

CONTACT: Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy
ADDRESS: Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George St., Annapolis, MD 21402
PHONE: 410-293-8687 (TOUR)
Web Link: www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors -Group Tours tab 

African-American Heritage Tour- Destination Education

In Partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. This unique walking tour engages students as they trace the rich history of African-Americans in Annapolis with their impact nationally and internationally. A period dressed guide leads students through key historical sites including the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial and the Thurgood Marshall Memorial. Two hour walking tour
ATTRACTION: Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com
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Annapolis Harbor & USNA Cruise- Destination Education

Step aboard Harbor Queen for a 40-minute narrated cruise of the historic Annapolis Harbor, as well as the banks of the United States Naval Academy. A ride on Harbor Queen is a classic and must-do Annapolis activity! Students will enjoy getting on the water and catching a glimpse of the Bay Bridge. 40-minute cruise.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

Civil War Tour- Destination Education

Stroll the streets of Annapolis with a Civil War US Marine Lieutenant and experience life as a local Annapolitan in the 1860s or meet a resident of Annapolis from 1861 and learn about the family struggles and extreme challenges of the Civil War time period.  You will hear fascinating stories and learn of events that unfolded in the city during the war. The City of Annapolis was a strategic location for the prosecution of the war. Join period dressed tour guides and experience a journey that brings history to life. Two hour walking tour.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

Colonial Myths & Legends Tour- Destination Education

In a small town, gossip runs rampant from slave and servant to the upper crust. Journey through historic Annapolis with a period dressed guide, as you learn about the most notorious colonial inhabitants, bizarre superstitions, revolting remedies, helpful herbal concoctions, and even some history along the way. At the tours’ conclusion, you will be up to date on all the latest colonial gossip! 90 minute walking tour.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

Colonial Stroll-Destination Education

Our colonial attired tour guides will bring history to life as your students visit key sites that are part of Maryland’s colonial past and our nation’s history. Learn about life in the mid to late 18th century. Tour includes the interior of the Maryland State House and exhibit (when available). This tour satisfies several of the Maryland State Department of Education curriculum requirements. 90 minute walking tour
*Add one or all of these tours for your complete Annapolis experience!
United States Naval Academy
Be immersed in the sights and sounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, home to over 4,000 midshipmen.
Add-on 45 additional minutes
Hogshead
Experience life on the colonial frontier during this hands-on, living history program. Touch frontier fabrics, smell the “currency” of the time, and learn about the tools of survival. Feel and smell cane sugar, brick tea and sea biscuits. Discover what it was like to live in an 18th century home.
Add-on 30 additional minutes
William Paca House Kitchen
The Pacas’ servants have full run of the kitchen and can tell stories about the comings and goings of the households as only they see them. They will share their knowledge of traditional foods and the dishes favored by the Pacas and their guests.
Add-on 15 additional minutes
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

National Anthem Tour by Sea in Baltimore- Destination Education

It is the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Step aboard a vessel that will transport you to a time when Baltimore residents banded together to defend their freedom, homes, businesses, and land on this narrated War of 1812 Baltimore Harbor Cruise (either 60 or 90 minutes). Cruise by historic sites such as Fort McHenry, the spot where Francis Scott Key watched the bombs bursting in air and wrote our National Anthem. 60 or 90 minute cruise.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

Naval Academy Add-On- Destination Education

A walking tour along the grounds of the United States Naval Academy can be added to any tour or cruise offered by Destination Education” by Watermark®. Be immersed in the sights and sounds of the US Naval Academy, home to over 4,000 midshipmen. Our knowledgeable period dressed guides will give you the full USNA experience. 45 minute add-on to any tour.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

Pirates of the Chesapeake- Destination Education

Become part of our pirate crew during this interactive theatrical performance. Your students will band together to commandeer a seaworthy ship for a cruise along the Severn River. Come find out what it takes to engage in this high-seas adventure! 1 hour cruise.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

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