Outreach Programs

Bring the Museum to You! The Calvert Marine Museum offers interactive outreach programs in your classroom for preschool – 5th grade. 

Payment for Outreach programs must be received at least two weeks in advance of program. To pay click here.

Pre-School Through Grade 2

These 30-minute programs provide hands-on learning experiences for children in the museum's three themes: paleontology, estuarine biology and maritime history. Programs are designed for a single class of up to 20 students and costs $100 per program. If the program meets the criteria for low to moderate income students, the program fee is underwritten by PNC Grow Up Great. To book a program contact the Group Services and Visitor Coordinator at 410-326-2042 ext.41 or melissa.mccormick@calvertcountymd.gov Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What Floats Your Boat? - Children do station-based experiments to discover what floats, what moves best, and why. Station 1: determine which household items will float or sink; Station 2: figure out which shapes move best through the water when a sail is attached; Station 3: make an aluminum foil boat and compete to see which design will hole the most pennies while still floating. Program requirements: access to water and a tile floor.
Post Activity What Floats Your Boat!

Fossils are Fun! - All children love dinosaurs, but few know we had our own pre-historic creatures right here in Calvert County. In this program children learn what fossils are, how they are made, and clues to the ancient past. This is done through story, graphic illustration, seeing and touching real fossils, and making a model imprint. Each child will receive a fossil to keep.
Post Activity Fossils Are Fun!
Fossil Teeth of Maryland
Fossil Shells and Other Invertebrates
Match Fossil to Shape
Maryland State Symbols

Meet the Marsh Animals

- A museum interpreter will bring two march animals such as a Diamond Back Terrapin, marsh periwinkles, a horseshoe crab, or fiddler crabs from the museum's collection to introduce children to some of the animals that live in the marsh. After meeting the real animals, they will use a felt board to build their own marsh and learn about the other animals that live there; follow-the-leader, moving and sounding like typical animals in the marsh; work with hand puppets to act out a story about a marsh.
Post Activity Meet the Marsh Animals
Marsh Picture
Native Species

For Grades 3 - 5

Outreach programs are approximately one hour for grades 3 - 5. They are designed for a single class of up to 28 students. There is a flat fee of $150, plus mileage if schools are more than 25 miles away. To schedule a program contact the Group Services and Visitor Coordinator at melissa.mccormick@calvertcountymd.gov

Financial assistance is available to Maryland schools. 
Request information when you schedule your program. 

Oyster Ecology

– Oysters are a very important part of Chesapeake Bay Ecology. In this program, students will explore the features of the native oyster, and will have the opportunity to conduct scientific testing to explore the habitat oysters need to survive. Students will also discover how changes in the environment can affect oyster populations. Meets Science Standards 3.0 Life Science Topic A – Diversity of Life, Topic B – Cells, Science Standard 6.0 – Environmental Science Topic A Natural Resources and Human Need and Topic B – Environmental Issues


– Fossils are the key to learning about and understanding our geologic past. In this program students will explore how fossils are formed by working with real fossils. The students will compare fossils to modern animals to discover how the local habitat has changed over time as well as measure fossilized teeth to estimate the length of a shark. Using the SMARTboard, we will look inside a fossil to see what secrets it may hold. Meets Science Standards 2.0 Earth/Space Science, Topic B – Earth History, Standard 3.0 Life Science Topic D. Evolution, Math Standard 3.0 Knowledge of Measurement, Topic A – Measurement Units, Topic B – Measurement Tools 

Mapping the Chesapeake with Captain John Smith - 

Meets Social Studies Standard 3.0 Geography Topic A - Using Geographic Tools and Standard 5.0 History Topic A – Individuals and Societies Change Over Time.