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Shipboard Education
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region has been providing children and youth with unique hands-on, interdisciplinary environmental education programs aboard historic ships and on land since 2001. During our programs, students are transformed into marine biologists, captains, and scientists. Our interdisciplinary program emphasizes applied learning in the environment, science, math, language arts, and history. Key objectives are leadership and teamwork as everyone works together to raise and lower sails, trawl for marine life, conduct scientific experiments, and explore the commerce, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
Our experiential learning stations include water quality testing, studying plankton under video microscopes, oyster dissection and population discussion, trawling and identifying marine life, learning navigation and a buoyancy challenge.
For reservation please email us at or call 202-488-0627 x250.
School Field Trips (Grades 2-12)

Full-Day: 6 hours, $55/student
(minimum of 20 students)

Half-Day: 2.5-3 hours, $30/student
(minimum of 20 students)

If your students are in need of financial assistance, please contact our office by phone at 202-488-0627 x250.
Summer Camps
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region hosts several multi-day student camps that are open to the general public during the summer months. If you would like to keep your kids engaged in fun and educational activities that will get them outdoors and interested in nature, then consider enrolling them in one of our upcoming opportunities. Please contact us for schedule and availability.
Camp on a historic vessel
Living Classrooms' Shipboard Educational program provides STEM education on board our historic vessel, the Half Shell, where students will explore their local environment and maritime history on the beautiful Anacostia River. While also learning to become sailors, the students will learn about navigation and watershed ecology, trawl for marine life, perform dissections, and more!
Please contact to learn more or register your child.
Camp at Kingman Island
Kingman Island and Heritage Park is a natural gem in Washington, DC, hidden behind RFK stadium that provides a beautiful backdrop for summer camp activities, many of them completely free! Camps will fuse sports and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and golf with STEM education. Kids can learn and play while ultimately becoming better stewards of the natural world.Please contact to learn more or register your child.

Enjoy Oysters on the Half Shell! Charter Living Classrooms' historic buyboat, MV Half Shell, for two hours before any Nationals game or on any summer evening. Click here for more information.


  • Living Classrooms Wins the Washingtonian Green Giant Award

    (from Washingtonian's May issue) Waterways have long shaped the structure and industries of Washington, but many people who live here can't navigate them and don't contribute to keeping them clean and intact. James Piper Bond's Living Classrooms Foundation is working to change that. Living Classrooms, which expanded to Washington fr...

  • Living Classrooms Featured on AquaKids

    The Aquakids cast and crew attended the 31st Annual Hampton Bay Days festival in Hampton, Virginia. While there, the visited with Living Classrooms and filmed an upcoming episode for the show. That episode will air this week, check local listings....

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