Information and program cost: email jan [dot] adams [at] fosswaterwayseaport [dot] org (Jan Adams) or call 253.272.2750 ext. 103
A boat-based expedition is a dynamic platform suited for field studies and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The Foss Waterway Seaport, located on the Thea Foss Waterway, has the perfect arena in which to conduct our boat-based program, Science on the Sea, a marine and environmental science, maritime and regional history program.
Science on the Sea supports the educational goals and curricula of individual classrooms; special investigations by research scientists and post-secondary students; data gathering efforts conducted by regional public agencies; and group-focused team building research projects.
Our boat-based expeditions are available to groups ranging from 20 to 60 people and vary in duration from a 3-hour introductory expedition, to point-to-point and return excursions (Tacoma – Vashon Island and return); or overnight and multi-day expeditions (Tacoma – Blake Island and return); or week-long expeditions (San Juan Islands). The age range of participants can be from early elementary grades through older adults enrolled in college or in personal enrichment programs.
The Seaport offers on-the-water educational experiences to help students become more environmentally aware and personally involved in the clean up, protection, and preservation of the region’s natural resources as well as understand the effects of pollution on the region’s marine ecology.
Students combine elements of science, technology, engineering and math to nautical science activities on board research vessels; perform project-based learning service activities to help solve real-world problems; and experience learning activities that involve hands-on data collection and use of scientific tools.