The centerpiece of Clearwater’s education program is the Sailing Classroom Program. The deck of a traditional sailing ship is a uniquely powerful platform for students to learn about the river’s natural wonders and cultural significance. For many, this is the introduction to the Hudson River and environmental education that can forge a connection with nature to last a lifetime.
What Happens Onboard
During a sail onboard the sloop Clearwater, students have the opportunity to:
- Set Sail – use their bodies and brains together!
- Steer the Ship – under the watchful eyes of our captain!
- Explore the River – examine live fish, perform water-quality tests, and discover history!
Teachers can choose from several themes that incorporate inquiry-based learning activities with a fun, hands-on focus on a particular topic which you have already been studying or to which you would like an introduction.
A detailed program overview with curriculum options can help you choose which type of sail would be best for your group.
All sails can accommodate a maximum of 50 passengers, including all students, teachers and chaperones. For safety reasons we cannot typically accommodate groups younger than fourth grade. Please consider a Tideline Discovery Program for your younger group for a land-based educational program featuring Clearwater’s award-winning curriculum.
Clearwater sails from ports on the Hudson River between New York City and Albany.
Booking a Sail
Educational sails can be booked in two ways:
- Submit your application through the Group Sail Application.
- Select an available sail slot through Peek by clicking the below “Book Now” button. (Please note that a credit card is required to reserve a sail through Peek, but will not be charged at the time of booking. You may still pay with a check or purchase order at a later date.)
A confirmation email will be sent to you to confirm your request or booking. Payment is due 8 weeks prior to your program unless you or your group makes other arrangements.
Program Cost and Funding Opportunities:
A 3-hour educational group sail costs $1,500 for K-12 groups and $2,000 for post-secondary groups. This includes all costs associated with our boat-based educational programs. Transportation costs are the responsibility of the group.
Clearwater trips may be eligible for the following assistance programs:
- Take up the Slack: Full or partial funding through a local business or individual
- Teaching the Hudson Valley: Explore Awards
- Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley: Field Trip Grants for Dutchess and Ulster County Schools
- Target: Field Trip Grants
- Assistance through BOCES. Check with your local office for more information.
- DonorsChoose provides crowdfunding opportunities for classroom projects.
Clearwater is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to schools and youth groups in under-served and environmental justice communities. Contact the Sail Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.