>> To foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide personal development opportunities for learners of all ages through ship board and land based educational experiences. <<
Education Under Sail
BaySail offers educational experiences for K-12th grade, pre- and in-service teachers, and internships. Basic programs are 3.5 hours long, depart from downtown Bay City and include visits to the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay. These programs include: Science Under Sail, History Under Sail, and Ecosail. Extended voyages across the Great Lakes are also offered. Because our mission is grounded in environmental education, all BaySail programs include an environmental science component aimed at increasing the proficiency of participants in STEM realted subjects.
Science Under Sail engages students in real-world problem-based learning, through scientific observations and measurements of weather, water quality, aquatic life, and human impact on the environment. Unique shipboard lessons encourage higher order thinking through collaboration with peers and experts.
History Under Sail takes students back in time to the Michigan wilderness of the 1800s. Students learn about Michigan's abundant natural resources, focusing on how early settlers harvested wood, water, and wildlife. Students use photographs, stories, and artifacts to research life in Michigan between 1837 and 1900.
Ecosail programs are specifically designed for smaller youth groups and combine the scientific exploration of water quality and aquatic life with seamanship, navigation and survival at sea activities. Programs can be customized to meet your specific group requirements.