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BaySail's Mission

>> 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

Science Under Sail program

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 and Ecosail. Extended Windward Bound voyages across the Great Lakes are also offered for high school students. 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. Customizable shipboard lessons encourage higher order thinking through collaboration with peers and experts. Each Science Under Sail program uses grade level appropriate content and materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Ecosail programs are specifically designed for youth groups and combine the scientific exploration of water quality, aquatic life and benthic environment exploration with nautical sciences including knots and navigation.


Key West, Florida to Bay City, MI

Click here to follow the 2016 Sea Scholars as they sail from Key West to Bay City!

The SEA SCHOLAR program is an exciting STEM-based learning experience offered aboard the tall ship Appledore V as she makes the voyage from Key West, Florida to Bay City, Michigan.

SEA SCHOLAR is available to high school juniors and will begin on May 1, 2016 at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key and continue up the eastern coast of the United States with scheduled stops at the University of North Carolina Marine Research Facility in Beaufort, North Carolina; the New York Harbor School in New York City; and Niagara Falls, New York. The experience is expected to conclude with the ship’s arrival in Bay City on or about May 30, 2016.

Interested juniors are encouraged to complete the application below and return it to BaySail before March 1, 2016.

The application deadline has passed for Sea Scholars 2016. Please check back for future program dates.