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Our partners offer a wide range of field trip programs for middle school and high school students.

Click the partners below to learn more about the exciting programs currently offered.

Middle School Programs

Choose from three different programs:

Animals In and Around the Bay 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.

Could You Make it on the Water? tests students in the various skills needed to be a waterman. Follow the journey of an oyster from the bottom of the bay to the dinner table, and bring home your own can of “oysters.”

 


 

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.

Wetland 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: [email protected]
ADDRESS: Museum: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403; Education Center: 7300 Edgewood Rd., Annapolis, MD.
PHONE: 410-295-0104 x27
Web Link: https://amaritime.org/education/school-programs-3/

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: $5.00/pp
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: bannekerdouglassmuseu[email protected]

ADDRESS:
84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov

 


Museum On The Move

This traveling exhibition and interactive workshop brings Maryland African American history and culture to you! Let Banneker Douglass Museum created a customized experience for your group or organization. With over 12,000 items in our collections database, our skilled team of museum educators can tailor an experience to meet your needs.

Program duration: Varies

Cost: Please contact museum
Recommended for all ages
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: [email protected]maryland.gov
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6190

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: https://www.cbf.org/join-us/education-program/apply-for-an-education-program.html

CONTACT: Scheduling Department
ATTRACTION: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
ADDRESS: 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 800-445-5572
Web Link: https://www.cbf.org/join-us/education-program/field-programs/
Contact: [email protected]

 


 

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/ccsummer
Contact: [email protected]

 A Day in the Life of a Great House

Grades 6 to 8

A Day in the Life of a Great House program is designed for children in grades 6 through 8.  This ninety-minute tour will take them through a day in the life of Frances Loockerman, who occupied the Hammond-Harwood House with her family beginning in 1811. Students will be introduced to Frances and Richard Loockerman by viewing their miniature portraits in the entry-way to the house.

The day will begin in the kitchen of the Hammond-Harwood House where we will hear about three enslaved people who served the Loockermans:  Mary Matthews, Matilda Matthews, and Juliet. While the servants prepare for the day, the students will adjourn to the classroom or “breakfast” room.

Students will learn how to set a table for breakfast as the servants would have done. Then, the students, playing the roles of Richard and Frances’ children, will  learn proper behavior at the table, including “not talking when the mouth is full” and “not making unpleasant sounds” while eating.

After “breakfast” we will then go into the garden and be introduced to the boxwood that Frances planted in the shape of a heart in 1825. As we walk around, we will see where the stables, orchard, vegetable garden, spring house, and outhouse used to be. A visit to the herb garden will show students popular herbs of the day and their uses. Finally, students will play period games including “London Bridge is Falling Down.”

Back in the house the students will go to the Northeast Bed Chamber where Frances would spend many hours reading, sewing, and writing letters. They will listen to one letter that Frances wrote to her daughter Hester in 1845.

Finally, they will visit the Ballroom where Frances and Richard spent time entertaining guests with music and dance.  Some students will play the role of the Loockerman children practicing the violin and the piano forte.  All students will participate in the Grand March, a dance movement that was popular during the early 19th century.  The

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

 


 

Architecture as a Primary Source

High School Program

Primary sources provide unique evidence about a person, an object, an event, or a work of art. In this ninety-minute session, high school students will examine the life of William Buckland, architect of the Hammond-Harwood House.  They will look at mathematical tools which he may have owned, a portrait of William Buckland in the dining room, and the architectural details of the house. Much of Buckland’s life remains a mystery, including where he died and his burial site.  However, the primary sources used in the program will help students learn more about the man who has been called one of the great colonial architects.  Even Thomas Jefferson admired Buckland’s work on the Hammond-Harwood House and wanted to incorporate the semi-octagonal bays of the wings into his home at Monticello. Finally, students will have an opportunity to paint an outline of the front door on watercolor paper.

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

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 or 45-minute highlighted tour.
ATTRACTION: Watermark
ADDRESS: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 


 

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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 


 

Chesapeake 101

An environmental literacy program with team building, oyster ecology, crabs, and more at the Annapolis Maritime Museum or Park, followed by a 40 minute cruise! Ideal for all grades. 3 hours.

ATTRACTION: Watermark
ADDRESS: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:
410.268.7601 x200
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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:
410.268.7601 x200
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 trades 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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 


 

Naval Academy Tour – 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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
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: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

 

War of 1812- Destination Education

Come celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 as we bring you back in time to Historic Annapolis, acquainting your students with key points of interest throughout the streets of Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy. Our 1812 period dressed guide will take you to many stops including where Francis Scott Key attended college and the US Navy first demonstrated itself as a force to be reckoned with during the war of 1812, an event that signified the rebirth of our nation. 2 hour walking tour.
ATTRACTION: Watermark
ADDRESS: Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410.268.7601 x200
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com