Take your class on a voyage into history! You will sail the beautiful yet challenging waters of San Francisco Bay with the exhilaration of the wind at your back, the sun on your face and a solid tall ship under your feet. Watch as your class becomes an intrepid crew of Explorers!

Explorers uses a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach to enable students in small groups to experience how the tools of exploration such as the magnetic compass, and charts, are used. After the hard work of hoisting and trimming the sails they will try to “navigate” the bay. Each student will take a “trick at the helm” to steer the ship, under the watchful eyes of the Captain.

The Explorers program meets the State Standards requirements for the Fourth through Seventh Grade curricula, focusing on history and social studies [4.1, 5.2, 7.3, 7.9, 7.11], science [4.1], and math [4th Grade Measurements and Geometry 2.0, 5th Grade Algebra and Functions 1.0, 6th Grade Algebra and Functions 2.0.] Your pre and post-activity program manual will reinforce the materials presented in the program and extend the value of this experience into the classroom.



Two Sailing Seasons:

Fall sailing season extends from late September until Thanksgiving.
Spring sailing season begins in April and runs until Mid-June.



8:30 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
12:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Group Size and Cost:

The paid minimum number of participants is 27 students and 6 adults (plus one teacher). Actual minimum number of participants is flexible, maximum participants is 35 students and 8 adults in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Base rate is $1, 500 for up to 27 students and 6 adults, plus one teacher. $55 per student


The Calendar fills quickly! Call Now to make a reservation.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Program Manager, Catelyn Kindred.

Phone: (415) 360-4772

Email: ckindred@maritime.org

This document summarizes how the Explorers Program offered by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association address CA content-area standards.


CA Ed Standards