Family Ecology Sails


Family Ecology Sails | Trawl Fishing Sail Program Aboard Schooner Pioneer

Schooner Pioneer Season Update

Pioneer sails have been paused until the end of the 2019 season while we perform some necessary maintenance.  Stay tuned here and follow us on social media for Pioneer news and updates. But don’t worry, there are still great opportunities to get out on the water this season! By popular demand we have added additional sails on W.O. Decker, the last-remaining New York-built wooden tugboat and the only tugboat the public can ride in New York Harbor.

About the Family Ecology Sail

Sailboats, tugboats, and ferries dot the surface of New York Harbor. But what lives under the waters? Board the historic 1885 schooner and set sail past Governors Island for the fishing grounds of Bay Ridge. We’ll set a trawl net and participants will haul it in, bringing up a variety of creatures from blue crabs to flounder. Will we catch a sea horse? A puffer fish? Maybe! Then it’s time to man your halyard and haul away! Children and adults help raise the sails so we can continue our exploration the old fashioned way. While sailing past the Statue of Liberty we’ll learn about the sea creatures we caught, examine plankton through a view-scope, test the water to learn how animals live here, and learn about our marine ecosystem.

$45 adults, $40 children 12 and under | Recommended for ages 5 to teens and their parents or caregivers | Members receive a $5 discount per ticket

Stay Tuned Ecology Sails will return in the 2020 Season!