Tall Ship Program
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has been bringing the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point up from the Ocean Institute in Dana Point since 2001. This program brings history alive for students, allowing them to spend the night aboard a tall ship living the life of an 1830’s sailor. Thanks to the support of our donors and local foundations, this program is provided free of charge to low-income, Title I schools.
Based on Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s book Two Years Before the Mast, local fourth-graders, who are studying California history, become immersed in the unique world Dana faced as he rounded Cape Horn on his voyage to Alta California, headed to Santa Barbara to trade hides and tallow.
Students explore man’s relationship with the ocean, gain an appreciation for our maritime heritage, and learn the concepts of ‘historical perspectives’ and ‘interpretation’. Through challenging hands-on activities students develop problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.
The program curriculum offers interdisciplinary lessons in math, science, language arts, social studies, and music. Additionally, the professionally developed curriculum is aligned with the California State Content Standards and highlights California’s rich maritime history. Students demonstrate improved listening and speaking skills, better teamwork, increased self-esteem and class participation, and new leadership abilities.
The Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Education Program runs during the month of October and features a special community day and public dockside tours of the tall ship. Sign up your class for an overnight adventure of a lifetime!
Discounted tuition and bussing for Title I schools depends on available funding.
For pricing and scholarship information please contact Emily Falke at email@example.com or (805) 962-8404 x111
Marine Science Program
SBMM partnered with Stardust, a 65′ local sport fishing vessel, for a week of Marine Science classes in January. About 300 kids from Title 1 schools and after programs participated, many of whom had never been on a boat or out on the ocean.They viewed dolphins and seals, trolled for fish and separated the fish from the kelp, learned about sea life and birds on the water, did mud sampling and examined plankton under a microscope. Their teachers noted that these experiences are life changing for the students. This program was hosted by SBMM at no cost to Title 1 schools and after-school groups through the generous support of our donors, local foundations, and our members. For more information contact Emily Falke, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805 962-8404 ext. 111