Outreach Programs

Let us bring the Museum to you! The Calvert Marine Museum offers interactive outreach programs in your classroom for PreK – 5th grade. Programs available to Calvert County, St. Mary’s County, Charles County, and Southern Anne Arundel County.
  

Pre-K

Choose one of three 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 cost $100 per program plus a mileage fee. 

For more information contact the Group Services Coordinator at 410-326-2042 ext.8083 or melissa.mccormick@calvertcountymd.gov hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What Floats Your Boat? 

Children do station-based experiments to discover what floats, how it moves, and why. Using household items, children will determine which items float or sink!  Then, figure out which shapes move best through the water when a sail is attached. Children will also create a boat and test its ability to float while adding “cargo.” 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 marsh 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 animals, students 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

 

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Outreach programs for grades K – 5 are approximately one hour. They are designed for a single class of up to 28 students. There is a flat fee of $150, plus a mileage fee.  

Registration links are below. For more information contact the Group Services Coordinator at 410-326-2042 ext.8083 or melissa.mccormick@calvertcountymd.gov hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

For Grades K - 2: Turtles

Acting as biologists, students will make observations about three different native turtle species and make deductions about the habitats in which they live.  Students will meet one of our Diamondback terrapins and identify adaptations common to all turtles and what allows for different species to survive in different habitats. 

A link to a website with follow-up activities will be provided after registration. 

 

For Grades 3 – 5: Buoyancy Challenge

Students will have the opportunity to explore the force of buoyancy in this hands-on STEM lesson.  After observing different types of ships, groups of students will construct a vessel out of common household items, which they will test.  The students will have the chance to adjust their design and test it again. 

A link to a website with follow-up activities will be provided after registration. 

 

For Grade 4: Fossils

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.  

A link to a website with follow-up activities will be provided after registration. 

 

Mileage Fees

Calvert County: $20.00

St. Mary’s County: $30.00

Charles County: $45.00

Southern Anne Arundel County: $55.00