Our hands-on experiences engage K-12 students, undergraduates, teachers, adults, and other organizations.
Students use real-world, problem-based learning 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 Programs Overview
K-12 Education Programs
BaySail’s flagship STEM program, Science Under Sail, launched in Bay City in 1998 with the founding of the organization and the acquisition of the schooner Appledore IV. 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. Since 1998, over 48,000 students have participated in a Science Under Sail program aboard the Appledore tall ships.
Twenty years later, BaySail continues to deliver our award-winning Science Under Sail program to students across Michigan from the decks of Appledore IV and Appledore V. Additional program offerings include History Under Sail, dockside, classroom & other land-based education programs for K-12 students and more.
Customizable lessons encourage higher-order thinking through collaboration with peers and experts. Each BaySail education program uses grade-level appropriate content and materials aligned with state and national curriculum 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.
Beakers, Brushes, & Boats: A STEAM Day Camp
BaySail and the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association have teamed up with Studio 23/The Arts Center to offer a brand new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) day camp for 3rd – 5th graders this July!
Students will spend the mornings learning about our local waterways through hands-on science lessons and experiments. Afterwards, campers will unwind through the creation of water-related art, and sailing aboard daysailers with adult skippers. At the end of the week, campers will celebrate their achievements with a science-themed sail aboard the tall ship Appledore IV. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.
- Examine plankton under a microscope
- Meet macroinvertebrates living at the bottom of the river
- Conduct chemistry tests to analyze the bay’s water quality
- Get up close-and-personal with the Saginaw River and Lake Huron
- Express yourself with art
- Try sailing and meet a professional crew!
July 16 – 19
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$199 per student
Drop off at Studio 23 (901 N Water St, Bay City)
Breakfast and lunch provided each day
Must be at least 8 years old to participate
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)
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.