Maritime Education

Living Classrooms Foundation has provided elementary, middle, and high school students with unique hands-on, interdisciplinary and environmental education programs aboard historic ships and on land since 1985. These dynamic, “learning by doing” programs emphasize applied learning in math, science, social studies, language arts, and social skills.

The programs serve students from Living Classrooms’ Baltimore Target Investment Zone (TIZ) as well as states around the country, and range in length from one-day expeditions for school and youth groups to extended shipboard and land/sea programs. Participants see how academic skills are used in the real world. Leadership and teamwork are key objectives as students work together to raise and lower sails, trawl for marine life, perform scientific tests and explore the commerce, history, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay.

Living Classrooms environmental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and maritime history programs serve thousands of students per year from throughout the region aboard the Foundation’s floating classrooms including punghy schooner Lady Maryland, Chesapeake Bay buy boat Mildred Belle and skipjack Sigsbee.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Maritime Education team reimagined our signature hands-on program in order to reach students in their homes and assist teachers in preventing learning loss during remote learning.  The dynamic distance learning program includes a 90-minute live session with our educators, Living Classrooms Activity Boxes delivered for each student with all necessary supplies for guided hands-on experiments, complete watershed science curriculum and teacher resources, and supplemental videos and digital content.  This virtual program will continue to be an available option for groups even after our boats return to the water.

Contact Us

– For more information about our Maritime Education programs

– To book a trip for your school or community group

– To book a private charter for your company, family, group gathering



Individuals were served by the Maritime Education department through several virtual events in 2020.


Students and adults were served with hands-on environmental STEM education and maritime history between 2017 and 2020


Maritime STEAM Activity Boxes were distributed to Baltimore and DC students for at-home learning in 2020