Bring the Museum to You!
The Calvert Marine Museum offers interactive outreach programs for pre-school children through a partnership with PNC Grow Up Great. 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 $75 per program. If the program meets the criteria for low to moderate income students, the program fee is underwritten by PNC. To book a program contact the Group Services Coordinator at 410-326-2042 ext.41 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Meet the Marsh Animals
A museum interpreter will bring a Diamond Back Terrapin, marsh perriwinkles, a horseshoe crab, and 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.
For Older Children
The Calvert Marine Museum is now offering interactive outreach programs for students from K-6th grade. These hour long programs are aligned to Maryland State Curriculum Standards and offer hands-on learning experiences for students in the museum’s three themes: paleontology, estuarine biology and maritime history.Outreach programs are 45 minutes long for lower elementary and one hour for upper elementary. They are designed for a single class of up to 28 students. There is a flat fee of $100, plus mileage if schools are more than 25 miles away.To book a program, call the Group Services Coordinator at 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Rockin’ Reptiles and Amazing Amphibians (grades K – 3) Amphibians and reptiles are amazing creatures and they are all around us. In this program, students will compare and contrast the life cycles of amphibians and reptiles. They will also have the opportunity to see some of our resident amphibians first hand, as well as meet some of our local reptiles. Meets Science Standards 3.0, Life Science Topic A – Diversity of Life, Topic C – Genetics, Standard 6.0 Environmental Science Topic B – Environmental Issues.
Fossils (grades 1 - 3) – Fossils are the key to our geologic past and Calvert County is fortunate to have one of the best exposed deposits of marine Miocene Fossils in North America. In this program, students will explore different kinds of fossils and discover what they can tell us about the past. Working in the mode of a professional paleontologist they will compare and contrast modern animals with the fossilized remains of their prehistoric ancestors. Meets Science Standard 2.0 Earth/Space Science Topic B – Earth History, and Science Standard 3.0 Life Science, Topic D - Evolution
Native Americans and Natural Resources (grades K – 4) –In this program, students will identify natural resources discovered by early European settlers when they came to the Chesapeake Bay region by looking at primary and secondary sources and native artifacts. They will discover how these resources shaped the lives of both the native peoples and the English explorers. Meets Science Standard 6.0 Environmental Science Topic A – Diversity of Life, Social Studies Standards 2.0 Peoples of the Nation and World Topic A – Elements of Culture, Standard 3.0 Geography Topic D – Modifying and Adapting to the Environment and Standard 5.0 History Topic A – Individuals and Societies Change Over Time.
A Day in the Life of a River Otter (grades 1- 4)– North American River Otters are known for their playful attitudes and gregarious nature. In this program, students will discover the characteristics of river otters by comparing them to human characteristics and see how each is adapted for swimming. They will use the SMARTboard to construct an otter and watch video of the otters in their natural habitats. Students will also explore differences of river otters and sea otters through hands on discovery of pelts and molds of the feet. Meets Science Standard 3.0 Life Science Topic A – Diversity of Life.
Life in the Tidal Marsh (grades 1 - 4) – Marshes are critically important to the ecology the Chesapeake Bay. In this program, students will discover the functions the marsh serves by comparing household items to the functions of a marsh; they will learn about some of the many animals that make the marsh their home and discover how these animals have adapted to the constantly changing marsh habitat. Meets Science Standard 3.0 Life Science, Topic A - Diversity of Life, and Topic F – Ecology.
Oyster Ecology (grades 3 - 5) – 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 (grades 4-6)– 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 (grades 4 - 6)– In 1608, sailing in an open shallop with 13 sailors, Captain John Smith explored the unchartered waters of the Chesapeake Bay and used his notes to create a map that stood for 100 years. In this program, students will read excerpts from Smith’s own journal and will learn to interpret his map and will participate in an interactive game to help them explore the map and its symbols. 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