on the Water" is a dockside hands-on
technology / history program for up to 65
participants tailored for 4th and 5th graders.
The program uses the 106 year-old Ernestina and
the half-scale replica whaling bark, LAGODA,
housed in the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for
activities that examine two technologies: fishing
and whaling. The curriculum was developed through
a grant from the Island Foundation of Marion, MA.
with additional support from the Mass. Dept. of
When in other ports of New England, the
program can be modified to utilize maritime
resources in the community such a local museum or
other waterfront resource.
Working on the Water is jointly
produced and hosted by education staff members of
Schooner Ernestina and the New Bedford Whaling
Museum and is presented under the auspices of the
New Bedford Public Schools and the local PALMS
leadership team. Activities and pre-visit
materials address areas of local history, social
studies and economics.
A Working on the
Water Curriculum Guide is available as Part 1 (1.5M) and Part 2 (1.6M) in
pdf format for downloading.