Outdoor Land-Based Education Programs
The South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today. Dockside programs combine indoor and outdoor hands-on activities to show how the science of the harbor affects how we live.
90 minutes | Grades 1-12
New York Harbor is a place for ships, but also a place for fish. What lives here? And how? And how do people make a difference?
Explore the geography of the seaport. Why does marine life live here in New York City? Examine shells of local marine life to learn how they live and how biologists classify them. Sample for small marine life and view it with microscopes. How do the organisms all fit together in the ecosystem? Sample harbor water and measure water quality. Is it really polluted?
Bridges and Ferries
90 minutes | Grades 1-6
Five boroughs, three islands! Explore how people have connected across the water through the years.
Observe and analyze bridge and ferry traffic. Use historic images to learn how the Brooklyn Bridge changed New York City. Experiment with bridge construction principles of physics and engineering.
Navigate! Geometry for Real
90 minutes | Grades 4-12
No signs at sea. How do you find your way?
Learn how to use a nautical chart and magnetic compass. Apply geometry of parallel lines and angle measurements to a real-life problem. Use distance-rate-time formula to plot a course and plan a voyage.
Float Your Boat
90 minutes | Grades K-5
So many different kinds of boats in the harbor. How do they float? How do they work? Discover some of the physics of the ships in the harbor.
Survey the vessels in the harbor and their hull shapes. Experiment with buoyancy – make something float by changing its shape. Discover the secrets of ballast – how do you load a vessel so it doesn’t capsize?
All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperones). We do not recommend combining small classes into a big group.
All programs are aligned with New York City and New York State Social Studies and Science Learning Standards. Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students.
Reservations and advance payment required. Limited scholarships are available.
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Each program is customized. Please click the button or call us at (212) 748-8753 and we will personally take you through the details, pricing and reservation process.