Sailing


 

Adventures Under Sail

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Sail New York Harbor aboard historic 1885 schooner PIONEER, a floating outdoor classroom full of inspiring, hands-on activities. Students who explore our Harbor estuary under sail increase their environmental awareness of our local natural resources and develop historical perspective on the significant role of the port for our city and our country. Students help raise sail, see the Statue of Liberty and other Harbor landmarks, and observe a variety of ships and waterborne commerce.

What made New York the city it is today? New York Harbor, and its bustle of ships coming and going, off for adventures near and far. In this program students learn how our waterways shaped our history and still shape our lives.

  • Haul on ropes to raise sail
  • Measure water quality and study the ecology of the estuary
  • Apply mathematics skills and reasoning to interpret navigational charts
  • And more!
  • Aligned with STEM and Social Studies curriculum standards
  • Set a trawl net to catch organisms from the bottom of New York Harbor (we release them afterwards)
  • Examine and observe the vertebrate and invertebrate species we catch, and learn about their lives, their adaptations, and their role in the ecosystem
  • Haul on ropes to raise sail
  • Measure the water quality and study the ecology of the Harbor
  • Apply mathematics skills and reasoning to interpret navigational charts
  • And more!
  • Aligned with STEM and Social Studies curriculum standards
  • Haul on ropes to raise sail
  • Study the levers, pulleys, inclined planes, and other simple machines that give sailors mechanical advantage needed to lift huge weight
  • Apply mathematics skills and reasoning to interpret navigational charts
  • Tie knots to learn how friction can be a sailor’s best friend
  • Measure wind and current
  • And more!
  • Aligned with STEM and Social Studies curriculum standards
  • Sailing on a schooner requires teamwork, observation skills, and smart use of a sailor’s tools. In this program students learn more about how sailing works, and try out some of the jobs of a sailor.
  • Haul on ropes to raise sail
  • Stand look-out and learn how sailors communicate on board
  • Read navigational charts and use compasses, dividers, and other navigational tools
  • Tie knots and learn how they are used
  • And more!
  • About the Schooner Pioneer

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  • Fully certified and inspected by the US Coast Guard
  • Meets all safety regulations for Passenger Vessels
  • Operated by a licensed captain and trained crew
  • Launched in 1885, traditionally rigged and sailed
  • The most historic boat still working in New York Harbor
  • Capacity: 36 passengers (including chaperones)
  • More information about the Schooner Pioneer can be found here.
  • All programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, New York State Math, Science, and Technology Learning Standards, and New York State Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

    Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students.
    Reservations and advance payment required.

    Limited scholarships are available.

    COMING SOON: Seafarers Summer Camp aboard SCHOONER LETTIE G. HOWARD

    To book a program, or for more information please e-mail education@seany.org or call (212)-748-8753