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Experiential Education for All 

A large group of adults and children standing on the deck of Mystic Whaler with many of them waving to the photographer.
A group of children with an adult in costume stand along the rail of Mystic Whaler during a living history program.

Set Sail for Adventure and Learning on board the Mystic Whaler!

Have you ever imagined a classroom experience that transports students beyond textbooks and into the heart of maritime history, STEM discovery, and The Ocean’s ecosystems?

Students and local youth can now spend a full day aboard the majestic Mystic Whaler, a historic tall ship that serves as a unique platform for experiential learning.

This immersive adventure integrates engaging STEM activities into the very fabric of the sailing experience, allowing students to grasp abstract concepts through hands-on exploration.

Imagine students:

  • Hoisting the sails and navigating the sea, gaining practical understanding of wind patterns, angles, and teamwork.

  • Plotting their course using maps and compasses, applying geometry and spatial reasoning in a real-world context.

  • Collecting and analyzing water samples, conducting citizen science experiments that directly impact their understanding of marine ecosystems.

  • Learning about marine life and the delicate balance of the ocean, fostering a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

This is not just a field trip; it's a transformative journey that sparks curiosity, ignites a passion for learning, and builds valuable life skills. Students develop:

  • Problem-solving abilities through critical thinking and collaboration.

  • Communication skills through clear and concise instructions during teamwork.

  • Confidence and resilience as they overcome challenges and master new skills.

  • A deeper understanding of STEM principles through application and real-world context.

What is Experiential Education?

A group of young people pulling on the ropes that will raise a sail onboard the tall ship Mystic Whaler.

Interested in scheduling a field trip? Fill out the form below so we can discover what program would best fit your class or youth organization!

CCOAF/Mystic Whaler Experiential Education Programs

Have you ever imagined a classroom experience that transports students beyond textbooks and into the heart of maritime history, STEM discovery, and The Ocean’s ecosystems? This is what a field trip on board the 110' schooner Mystic Whaler brings to life.

Educational Affiliations

At CCOAF we are always working to keep our educational Mission relevant and always seeking ways to further improve our experiential education programs. We are grateful to like-minded organizations who help CCOAF and Mystic Whaler pursue their educational Mission and goals.

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