Education Under Sail
BaySail uses an inquiry-based approach to Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (e-STEM) Education.
Students use real-world, problem-based learning with scientific observations & measurements to understand the world around them.
Launched in 2016, this hands-on program lets high school students sail the ocean, learning the ropes of traditional tall ship sailing.
The heart of our program is building connections to the Great Lakes through hands-on activities and workshops.
Education Under Sail Overview
Science Under Sail K-12
BaySail’s flagship e-STEM program, Science Under Sail, launched in 1998 with the founding of the organization and the acquisition of the schooner Appledore IV. (E-STEM educational programs focus on Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)
Since 1998, over 43,000 students have participated in a Science Under Sail program aboard the Appledore tall ships. 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.
Setting up the program to use with my students, going through it with them, and finally culminating our study with the cruise on the Appledore IV has been one of the most enjoyed and significant science expeditions I’ve ever taken with a group of students. Thank you is not enough for making this possible for us.
This is one of the best opportunities available for getting every student involved and excited about the health and protection of the Great Lakes.
Community Education & Workshops
BaySail believes in creating connections to the Great Lakes through shipboard and land-based educational opportunities. Learners of all ages and backgrounds have established their connection by participating in one of the many Community Education programs and Workshops offered by BaySail aboard the Appledore tall ships.
In 2014, BaySail began a lasting partnership with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) through the Lenawee Conservation District. MAEAP is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
MAEAP’s mission is to develop and implement a proactive environmental assurance program ensuring that Michigan farmers engage in cost-effective pollution prevention practices and work to comply with state and federal environmental regulations.
From the decks of the Appledore tall ships, members of the agricultural communities in the Saginaw Bay Watershed of Michigan and the Western Lake Erie Basin of Michigan & Ohio have participated in MAEAP programming aimed at minimizing agricultural pollution risks.
Each year, BaySail adds new partnerships with conservation districts across the region looking to expand MAEAP program offerings.