Clearwater sets up themed learning stations, which allows for students to benefit from learning in a small group. During a three hour sail, students will rotate through five of these stations that are set up around the boat. The stations provided are dictated by the Program Theme you choose prior to your sail. Clearwater sail programs are suitable for grades 4 through college. With a variety of stations to choose from, we can tailor the content of each learning station to your group. See station descriptions listed below.
Life Station: Students get a close up, hands on experience with the fish and other live river creatures. Students learn to identify a variety of aquatic species using dichotomous keys. (NYS Learning Standards MST1, MST4)
History Station: Down below decks in the main cabin, students gather around the dining table and learn about the rich history of the Hudson River and Clearwater. Timelines and props are used to engage students in exploring historical developments on the Hudson River. (NYS Learning Standards SS1, SS2)
Navigation Station: Everyone gets to stand at the helm of this 106-foot wooden ship and learn how their efforts at the tiller change the course of the entire vessel! They also examine nautical charts, compasses, and other tools to understand how a captain navigates the waters of the Hudson River. (NYS Learning Standards MST5, MST6, SS3)
Water Quality Station: Students determine the health of the Hudson River’s water by doing a few simple water chemistry tests. After making observations and hypotheses about the water, they perform tests on salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and pH levels. (NYS Learning Standards MST1, MST4)
Sail Physics: Students learn how wind can be harnessed to propel a vessel like Clearwater along the river. By observing a foil, such as the 3,000 square foot mainsail above their heads, and feeling the wind on their faces, they learn how the high and low pressures around them create lift and move the ship. (NYS Learning Standards MST1, MST4)
Simple Machines: Students identify the simple machines found all around the boat and learn how necessary they are to a sailor’s life. They test the advantages of levers and pulleys through interactive games and learn the mathematical relation between what is gained and sacrificed with the use of these tools. (NYS Learning Standards MST1, MST4)
Knot Tying: One of our professional sailors demonstrates a few important knots used onboard ships. Students learn the variety of uses for different knots and practice tying them with the help of our salty crew.
Art Station: Students learn about the Hudson River School Painters, their significant role in American history, and study their paintings. Students see how an artist can inspire a sense of ownership for a place and help protect our beautiful natural resources. Students have an opportunity to create their own work of art. (NYS Learning Standards ARTS1, ARTS3, ARTS4)
Climate Change Station: Students learn about the environmental challenges facing us today and in the future. They learn how their actions can positively or negatively affect the Hudson River and the greater global system. (NYS Learning Standards MST4, MST7, HPEFACS2)
Geology Station: Students observe their physical surroundings and understand how the river they are sailing on, the mountains surrounding them, and the rocks in their hands were created. Connecting glacial actions that took place thousands of years ago with the quarry onshore, gives students an understanding of our connection with the natural environment. (NYS Learning Standards MST1, SS1)