Friends of Fort McHenry
The Friends of Ft. McHenry are dedicated to preserving the historical legacy of the Fort and inspiring all who visit the "Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner" though living history, education programs, and the development of facilities, which interpret and increase access to this rich history. The Friends of Fort McHenry have been instrumental in securing funds for the construction of a new education and visitor center that illustrates the importance of the Fort in defending the United States' freedom from Britain.
The Frederick Douglass- Isaac Myers Maritime Park
The Frederick Douglass- Isaac Myers Maritime Park is a Living Classrooms Foundation campus (and headquarters) and national heritage site that celebrates the contributions of African Americans in the development of the city's maritime industry. The site honors and interprets Baltimore's African- American maritime history, while preserving one of the city's oldest existing waterfront industrial buildings.
Paddle and Electric Boats
The paddleboats and electric boats in the Harbor are operated by Living Classrooms Foundation and serve as employment venues for youth and young adults who are successful in our job training programs.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
The historic vessels located on Baltimore's Inner Harbor include the USS Constellation, USCG Cutter Taney, Submarine Torsk, Lightship Chesapeake, as well as the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. These sites and attractions offer hands-on educational programming to students and visitors and are also major tourism attractions in Baltimore.
Programming at Masonville Cove
Living Classrooms Foundation is working with the Port of Baltimore, the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore to create and manage the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, located on Masonville Cove on the Patapsco River's Middle Branch. This site acts as a gateway to connect underserved individuals and communities to the outdoors and the Chesapeake Bay through environmental education, stewardship activities, and job training programs. Living Classrooms is implementing coordinated school and community outreach programs for the Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Cherry Hill communities. This initiative is based on Living Classrooms' successful Meaningful Watershed Environmental Education program, which works with urban youth to understand and prevent the environmental effects of pollution and runoff in their own backyards.
Through the project, students learn about the water cycle, explore the concept of watersheds, learn about their own subwatershed, and employ mapping skills as they locate the storm drains on their school property and in their neighborhoods. Students are also involved in monitoring, protection, and restoration activities such as trash pick-up and recycling. They create and install rain barrels, stencil storm drains, and design and install native garden habitats. As students living near the Middle Branch learn about and help to improve their own neighborhoods, they will become the community's future leaders.
410-246-0669 (MCEEC), 410-355-1100 (Baybrook Coalition)