Program: Bay Explorations

Animal Biology, California History, Marine Ecology, Water Science
Step aboard for a three-hour educational voyage that gives students a rich, hands-on experience on San Francisco Bay. Aboard the 82' 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 two voyage programs, or design a customized shipboard program to fit the needs of your group.

Seaward is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel with a USCG licensed captain and mate and a crew of professional sailors and educators.
Field Trip
3 hours
Fee Description
Small group (up to 30 total passengers): $1,000 Large group (31-40 passengers): $1,250 *40 passengers max (33 students max)
4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
California: A Changing State - 4.1.3, California: A Changing State - 4.2.1, California: A Changing State - 4.2.2, California: A Changing State - 4.2.3, California: A Changing State - 4.3.2, Life Science - 4-3b, California: A Changing State - 4.4.3, Investigation and Experimentation - 4-6c, Investigation and Experimentation - 4-6d, Investigation and Experimentation - 4-6f, US History and Geography: Making a New Nation - 5.1.1, Physical Science - 5-1f, US History and Geography: Making a New Nation - 5.2.1, US History and Geography: Making a New Nation - 5.2.2, Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6f, Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6g, Investigation and Experimentation - 5-6h
Areas of Service
Seaward's home berth is at the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito. (The Bay Model is another great field trip opportunity, and many schools do both on the same day.)

Pick-ups/drop-offs at the Berkeley Marina or at Pier 40 in San Francisco available for a $200 fee.
Other Info
What teachers are saying:

"My students were excited and inspired. Bay Explorations gave a context for many things we have talked about in class. This was a life experience they will never forget." -Teacher, Hidden Hills Elementary

"The hands-on stations reached kids at all levels. Many quiet kids had opportunities to speak. Students were always well-instructed. This learning is FUN! The kids deserve the chance to learn for fun." - Teacher, Matsuyama Elementary

"I was impressed by the level of teaching and student engagement. Students learned a great deal about sailing, navigation, ecology, and science in a short amount of time and had a great time in the process." -Teacher, Healdsburg Elementary
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