Our education program is adaptable to your students! Choose a Theme for your Sailing Classroom adventure to emphasize units you are studying, to fulfill a grant requirement or introduce a new topic.
See Clearwater’s Education Program Book for an overview of all of our education programs.
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Scheduling a Shipboard Program
The sloop Clearwater sails from April to November, docking at numerous sites along the Hudson River, New York Harbor and western Long Island. The schooner Mystic Whaler sails with Clearwater from April through June. Sails are normally scheduled several months in advance. Please see the Clearwater Sailing Classroom page for information on safety, weather and our life jacket policy.
The following pre- and post- trip classroom resources will extend the impact of our program and help you teach activities the students will associate with their adventure on the Hudson River.
The exciting themes available to choose from for your sail support classroom lesson plans for you and your students to explore before coming to the boat! This page will give you an idea of which learning stations will be taught during your sail and what pre-trip activities will help extend your students’ educational experience.
High School and Middle School Lesson Plans
Recommended for high school and middle school classes who will be sailing onboard Clearwater as pre/post sail materials. This curriculum makes the virtual river come alive in the classroom to extend the impact of three hours Clearwater or for classes who aren’t sailing this year.
Be sure to review our Sail Schedule with dates and information about where to meet the boats. Be sure to let us know your preferred dates when you apply to reserve your sail. Review our DOCK DIRECTIONSto find driving and public transportation options to each of our locations.
For more information on how to prepare and what to expect, Taking Passage will go over in detail everything you, your students, and their parents need to know about sailing aboard our boats. If you are still unsure about something browse through our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Clearwater office at 845 265 8080.
The sloop Clearwater is a part of the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System ans serves as a mobile water quality data colleciton station as she sails on the river. Stations are located up and down the Hudson River and report real-time water quality parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity, turbidity and more. Visit the HRECOS website where teachers and students can access and analyse the information.
Clearwater’s education team is busy with volunteers, students, and new adventures aboard the sloop every day! Check our Educator Log for stories, pictures and updates, and stay connected with life on the Hudson River.
In addition to the lesson plans and opportunities to have an educator come into your classroom, we have power point presentations, videos and visual aids available for you to incorporate into your own curriculum.
Green Your School!
Learn about how to help your students and school become more environmentally conscious. This is a wonderful resource for teachers and students to start changing the world today!
Tell us how it went:
Clearwater is constantly improving our educational sail programs and classroom materials. Please give us feedback on how your Sailing Classroom Program went so we can continue to serve you better. Fill out and return the following evalution by mailing it to our office or emailing it to our education director, Dave Conover: Dave@Clearwater.org
Clearwater Sail Program Evaluation (online form)