Marine Science and Maritime Heritage

Summer Programs

Maritime Gloucester is excited to offer the following Week-Long and Drop-In programs for Summer 2017.  

Week-Long Programs:  Coastal Explorers - Sailing & Science (ages 8-11), Coastal Explorers - Voyagers (ages 12-15)  

 

Drop-In Programs:  Details to come!

 

If you have any questions or interested in other potential opportunities to learn about Marine Science and Maritime Heritage, please email Amanda Madeira (amadeira@maritimegloucester.org). 

 

  • Jun27
    Marine Technology and Robotics

    Monday, June 27, 2016, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, through Friday, July 8, 2016

    Registration : $700 Non-member / $650 MG members + $100 (to take home ROV)

    Audience: Ages 12-16

    Design and build an underwater robot, observe scientists using robots and other technology to research and conserve the ocean, deploy technology to explore the harbor, and explain the importance of technology in understanding the marine environment.  Participants in this two week course (9 days – no class on July 4) will work side-by-side with marine scientists to build a marine remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and use the ROV to study Gloucester Harbor and complete a challenge.  Scientists from Ocean Alliance will join us to demonstrate the use of technology in their world-class research and provide expertise consulting on ROV design and application.  We will also visit the – very cool – Ocean Alliance lab at the historic Paint Factor on Gloucester Harbor.  This challenging two week course is the ultimate experience in hands-on building of cutting-edge marine technology.  

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  • Jul11
    Lobster Tails

    Monday, July 11, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, July 15, 2016

    Registration : $400 non-Member / $350 MG Member

    Audience: Ages 11-14

    Teamwork and exploration are the themes of the week-long Lobster Tails program on the working waterfront of Maritime Gloucester. Participants will work with an expert craftsman, commercial lobster fisherman, and marine biologist to explore the life of a lobster and lobsterman. Wood-working is a traditional skill that remains important on today’s harbor. Participants will learn woodshop safety and use of tools, while constructing a traditional wooden lobster trap. The culture and life of Gloucester Harbor, with emphasis on the lobster fishery, will be explored to understand the effort it takes to have a delicious lobster dinner.  Participants will also study the biology and ecology of this important seafloor creature. If you like working with your hands and learning from experts, join us for a challenging week of Lobster Tails.    

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  • Jul18
    Coastal Explorers – Science Adventures

    Monday, July 18, 2016, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, July 22, 2016

    Registration : $450 Non-Member / $400 MG Members

    Audience: Ages 8-11

    PROGRAM IS FULL & REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM

    SCIENCE!!  This is the call that students will announce during this week-long marine science program.  Students will explore and research different habitats each day.  We will visit different habitats, such as rocky intertidal, salt marsh, eelgrass, sandy beach, and mudflat habitats, and sail aboard the Schooner Ardelle to conduct an oceanographic study of Gloucester Harbor. Students will also collect creatures to bring back to our aquarium for detailed observations and analysis. Get dirty!  Get wet!  Get interested!  Science is fun, especially when you are studying the ocean.  Do you like marine biology?  If yes, join us for this week of Coastal Explorers – Science Adventures!  

     
  • Jul18
    Ocean Science Exploration Through Art

    Monday, July 18, 2016, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, July 22, 2016

    Registration : $195 MG members / $225 non-members

    Audience: Ages 6 - 10

    PROGRAM IS FULL & REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM

    Explore the ocean through the eyes of marine scientists and artists.  This week-long program will use the ocean to inspire curiosity of ocean habitats and life, while encouraging children to understand the role of humans in the ocean ecosystem.  Create an ocean diorama!  Study sea gull behavior and make a sea gull kite!  Examine fishing nets and make your own!  Scour the shoreline to find different creatures and create a food web!  This week is full of science exploration and art creation.  The first half of the day will be spent on the Maritime Gloucester campus.  The second half of the day will be spent at the art studios of Art Haven.  Each day will include outdoor investigations and observations.

     
  • Jun26
    Wood Working/Boat Building – On the Docks

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, through Friday, June 30, 2017

    Register : Cost: $425 non-members; $375 for MG Family Members. (Scholarships available)

    Audience: Ages 11-15

    Summer classes at the Maritime Gloucester Boat Shop are a perfect way to learn basic woodworking and boatbuilding skills. Students will learn fundamental woodshop safety, use of hand tools, and basic woodworking skills in a supportive group atmosphere. Under the supervision of an expert boat builder, students will build a small wooden skiff. In addition to the time in the Boat Shop, students should have time to explore Gloucester Harbor in dories, gig boats and a pinky schooner sailboat.  Register early as registration is limited to six students.

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  • Jul10
    Coastal Explorers – Sailing & Science (session 1)

    Monday, July 10, 2017, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, July 14, 2017

    Registration : $450 Non-Member / $400 MG Family Members

    Audience: Ages 8-11

    Climb aboard and set a course for fun and exploration! Throughout the week students learn to sail a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner while participating in exciting hands-on marine science and maritime heritage explorations along the North Shore. Each day, students will board the Schooner Ardelle and sail off to a different destination. Whether it’s to climb the lighthouse on Thacher Island and learn about its nesting seabirds, navigate to Dry Salvages to see seals up close, explore an island with tide pools and a shipwreck, or learn about colonial times at Fort Sewall in Marblehead, fun and good times will be had with every day a new adventure. Perhaps we’ll catch lobsters and fish for Maritime Gloucester’s Aquarium or even see a whale!

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  • Jul17
    Harbor Discovery

    Monday, July 17, 2017, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, through Friday, July 21, 2017

    Register : Cost $285 non-members; $250 for MG Family Members (Scholarships Available)

    Audience: Gloucester Students Ages 8-11

    For kids who enjoyed our school year “Ocean Explorers” program, this program is for you. Come and have fun on the Maritime Gloucester working waterfront. Program includes: aquarium activities, scavenger hunts, hauling lobster traps, conducting research, building stuff, waterfront visits, and getting on the water, piers and floats at Maritime Gloucester.  Available only to Gloucester students in grades 3rd through 5th.

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  • Jul24
    Coastal Explorers -- Sailing & Science (session 2)

    Monday, July 24, 2017, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, July 28, 2017

    Registration : $450 Non-members / $400 MG Family Members

    Audience: Ages 8-11

    Climb aboard and set a course for fun and exploration! Throughout the week students learn to sail a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner while participating in exciting hands-on marine science and maritime heritage explorations along the North Shore. Each day, students will board the Schooner Ardelle and sail off to a different destination. Whether it’s to climb the lighthouse on Thacher Island and learn about its nesting seabirds, navigate to Dry Salvages to see seals up close, explore an island with tide pools and a shipwreck, or learn about colonial times at Fort Sewall in Marblehead, fun and good times will be had with every day a new adventure. Perhaps we’ll catch lobsters and fish for Maritime Gloucester’s Aquarium or even see a whale!

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  • Aug07
    Coastal Explorers – Voyagers

    Monday, August 7, 2017, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, August 11, 2017

    Registration : $450 Non-Member / $400 MG Family Members

    Audience: Ages 12-15

    Haul the sails, cast off the lines and head out on an adventure of a lifetime! 

    During this week-long program, participants will be part of the crew on the Schooner Ardelle on daily voyages to ports and islands along the North Shore in search of adventure and excitement. Students will participate in all areas of shipboard life, such as plotting courses, hauling sails, tying knots, and handling a vessel. Opportunities for leadership and teamwork abound during this week-long adventure program, as students become more confident in their skills, they will take the lead in planning and carrying out daily expeditions.

    No prior sailing experience is required.

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