Youth Education Programs: Bay Explorations and Voyage Seaward!
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From three hour day sails to multi-day overnight adventures, Call of the Sea's programs provide hands-on, impactful learning experiences for youth from grades 4-12. Students gain a connection with the outdoors in a completely unique way aboard the classic schooner SEAWARD. Content focuses on ecology, maritime history, navigation and seamanship, teamwork, and much more, with all lessons taught by our crew of professional educators and mariners. We strive to make these programs available to students of all backgrounds, and provide need-based scholarships to families and schools in need of financial assistance.
Bay Explorations 3-Hour Day Sails
Step Aboard for a three-hour educational voyage that gives students a rich, hands-on experience on San Francisco Bay. Aboard the schooner Seaward, students become both sailors and scientists for a day! Bay Explorations combines a structured curriculum of rotating learning stations with the active and cooperative experience of getting the vessel underway, raising the sails, setting the course, and steering the ship.
Lessons are taught in a hands-on style designed to engage students with the ship and the bay. The curriculum aligns with 4th and 5th grade California State Standards in social studies and science, but is readily adaptable to suit different age levels. Choose between three voyage programs, or design a customized shipboard program to fit the needs of your group.
Rates: Effective January 1, 2016
• $1,350 for up to 30 passengers
• $1,550 for up to 40 passengers
(Duration: 3 hours)
Choosing Your Program
We offer three voyages, SAILOR FOR A DAY, OCEANOGRAPHER FOR A DAYor the SEAWARD CLASSIC. On all voyages, students will set sail and participate in three rotating learning stations. This will always include our signature "Seamanship" station to ensure that students get the most out of their time aboard.
SAILOR FOR A DAY
-Navigation- Learn to read a navigational chart. Students will learn how to orient themselves on the Bay including where they came from, where they are, and what is around them. They will use coastal piloting techniques and simple mathematics to fix their position and complete other basic navigational exercises
-Seamanship-Experience being a crewmember: steer, serve as lookout, and handle sails as appropriate. Follow directions carefully and seriously. Students will see the bay as an active body of water—environmentally and culturally—to which they are connected
-Age of Exploration History lesson- Learn about the people and vessels that traveled the waters of San Francisco Bay, as well as where and why they did so. Explore pictures and artifacts relating to boat travel on the Bay. Compare different eras of San Francisco’s maritime past
OCEANOGRAPHER FOR A DAY (choose 4 from the following lesson plans)
-Sampling Olympics-Connect with the Bay in a physical and intellectual way. Use oceanography tools to learn about and test important aspects of the Bay. Test the different layers of the water column using a secci disk, van dorn bottle, refractometer, and a benthic grab. Participate in the scientific method!
-Plankton Ecology-Students will understand the definition of plankton and its role in the global and local ecosystem. Observe several different types of plankton found in San Francisco Bay. This lesson will help them understand how their lives relate to and depend upon plankton
-Analyzing the Environment- Students will use the scientific method to make predictions and answer questions about the natural environment. Understand that different creatures have different environmental requirements, seeing the connection between abiotic and biotic components of the ecosystem. Understand where the bay’s water comes from and some anthropogenic and natural factors that affect its composition. Learn about three common bay animals
Microplastics- Understand what Microplastics are, and how they are affecting the marine residents and the marine environment. Sample the water, or sand/silt for the presence of Microplastics. Lean that the choices consumers make can have either positive or negative impacts on people thousands of miles away.
Marine Mammals-Students will learn the ways in which Marine Mammals play a key role in the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. By observing these creatures, touching a real seal fur pelt, and whale baleen, students will have a chance to fully interact with their environment
- Plankton- Students will understand the definition of plankton and its role in the global and local ecosystem. Observe several different types of plankton found in San Francisco Bay. This lesson will help them understand how their lives relate to and depend upon plankton
- Navigation- Learn to read a navigational chart. Orient themselves on the Bay including where they came from, where they are, and what is around them. Use coastal piloting techniques and simple mathematics to fix their position and complete other basic navigational exercises
- Seamanship- Experience being a crewmember: steer, serve as lookout, and handle sails as appropriate. Follow directions carefully and seriously. See the bay as an active body of water—environmentally and culturally—to which they are connected
- Life Below- Students will have the opportunity to head down below and explore the living quarters on board!
*For a custom program, most stations can be substituted. We also offer the alternative station "Moving the Ship: The Physics of a Sailboat."
TEENS: EXPERIENCE AN ADVENTURE ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY ABOARD THE 82-FOOT TALL SHIP SEAWARD!
Step aboard for a summer experience like no other. During this hands-on program, you'll be completely immersed in the world of a ship and become part of the crew. Learn sailing, marine science, navigation, maritime history, sailors' arts, and much more through direct experience and the instruction of our professional crew. You'll gain new friendships, teamwork and leadership skills, and self-confidence through this adventure on San Francisco Bay. The voyage track will depend on the conditions that mother nature offers, and will include beautiful destinations all over the bay. The 5-day voyage will include a trip through the Golden Gate and onto the ocean.
2017 Voyage Schedule:
Students are to arrive at 10am on the first day of their trip and with disemark at 2pm on the last day of their trip.
For more information or to book your sail, call 415-331-3214 or email us here.
Photos of the Bay Explorations program are courtesy of Chris Dafick.