The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is planning to pilot the Sag Harbor Maritime Conservation Center for Children with a summer education program. The program consists of four one-week sessions in which students ages 8-12 take classes that integrate marine conservation, art projects inspired by the Museum’s collection, and visits from local artists, maritime industry professionals, and environmentalists.
Weekly session topics include:
· Ocean Cycles and ‘Up Cycling” Marine Debris – Learn about ocean conservation and the challenge of marine debris in our seas and beaches. The program culminates in creating an art piece from recycled debris.
· Young Detectives - Learn about the life of Sag Harbor village children in ages past by deciphering clues from historical toys and objects. Design and build toys telling your story of village life today.
· Luring a Fish (or Whale!) – Discover techniques used by fisherman over the last 400 years. Visiting fishermen can teach the children how it’s responsibly done today including how they build traps, nets, lures and even shellfish hatcheries.
· A Young Person’s View: Telling Personal Stories Through Words and Pictures - Reflect on how villagers have told their stories of coastal life over time. Children work with local writers and artists to express their modern-day coastal experiences.
The objectives are to:
· Celebrate Sag Harbor’s maritime culture and history through the Museum’s collection and community.
· Engage children with local artists, writers, tradesman, and maritime industry professionals.
· Teach youth to engage with the waterfront and marine ecosystem in environmental responsible, culturally aware and creative ways.
The sessions will have a capacity of 10-12 students and will be held in the Whaling Museum’s galleries, classroom and grounds. The classes are designed and led by a qualified marine science educator and teaching assistant with contributions from the Museum’s Curator and special guests.
We ask that you kindly help us design our Pilot Program by providing feedback in the 1-minute survey here:
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