Celebrating our Rivers: Full Day Program

Combine a sail on the Gundalow with our shore program and make a day of it!

This program includes a 2.5 hour sail on the Gundalow and 2 hours of programming onshore.

Our sailing programs are designed for grades 4 through adult.  The program sails out of Portsmouth’s Prescott Park with a few sails a year from Adams Point in Great Bay.

While on the Piscataqua, students will divide up into groups for customized learning stations.  Depending on the sailing program, this could include marine science, water quality, human impact on the watershed, and sense of place/navigation.

Our staff will work with you to customize the trip and ensure your class enjoys a meaningful educational experience.

See how our program aligns with state and national standards, frameworks and principles: gundalow-shore-programs

To book a trip email education@gundalow.org and visit our booking page.


During the full day program we offer several options for the shore based programming. These programs are engaging and designed to compliment the ship program.  A full day with the Gundalow leaves students with a new appreciation for the maritime heritage and marine environment of the Piscataqua Region.  Below are the program options for the shore program.

Piscataqua People: Travel back in time and take part in settling the Piscataqua Region.  Become a Native American, a Shipbuilder, or a merchant and make decisions about how you live, where you live, and how you adapt to the changing settlement. This role-playing game introduces students  to the the region and asks them to settle and barter with other early settlers.

A Walk in the Park: A History of the Waterfront:  Take a walk around Prescott Park and discover the history of the region through stories, photos and the historical landmarks of the area.  Take a step back in time and imagine what Prescott Park looked like when Puddle Dock ran through the area, or find the oldest grave in the cemetery.

Tide-Pooling Scavenger Hunt: Explore our coastline by looking for different critters in the water’s of Piece Island.  Spending time along the shore is a wonderful segway into looking at plankton on the Gundalow.  Our crew and volunteers will spend time exploring the area with you and answering questions.

Shore-Side Scavenger Hunt: Our waterfront is a bustling place with activity and lots of things to see.  Let students discover the waterfront in small groups using our scavenger hunt as they explore all that a working waterfront has to offer.

Simple Machines: Explore how simple machines have been used throughout history to make work easier.  Through student exploration, we will try out levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws and a wedge.

Water Quality: During this hands-on, hour long station, students will design several basic scientific hypotheses about what they will find in water of the Piscataqua River.  We will then use a series of scientific equipment to test for temperature, salinity, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, and turbidity.  Students then prove or disprove their hypothesis and discuss challenges of carrying out real world scientific research.

Sketching in the Park: After a brief conversation about making artistic observations, students are given supplies and time to doing their own sketching in the park.


For more information on Rates and Reservations, visit our booking page, or email education@gundalow.org

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