>> 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 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.