Annapolis Maritime Museum MUDDY FEET Education Program
1,700 Anne Arundel County kids slated to get “MUDDY FEET” in AMM’s innovative outdoor education program
With education as its key mission, the Museum is dedicated to the success of its innovative program,“MUDDY FEET,” which stands for “Maritime Unbounded Damp & Dirty Yucky Fun Environmental Education & Training.” The goal of this program is to ensure that all Annapolis area students have at least three meaningful watershed educational experiences by graduation. The program is consistent with the Maryland Literacy Plan in theGovernor’s Children in Nature Partnership and the No Child Left Inside initiative.
The Museum’s education programs are correlated to Anne Arundel Country Public School standards and curricula in language arts, social studies, science and math. Students participate in activities such as recording findings in journals, using newly acquired vocabulary, making observations, taking measurements and making calculations, exploring historic Bay sites, handling artifacts, and speaking with watermen, tradesmen, historians, and artists. Each program incorporates NOAA teaching tools, data, and expertise, such as the “Build-a-Buoy” activity, the Bay Watershed Model, Chesapeake Bay charts, and data from Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy, lesson plans and other curricula.
AMM’s MUDDY FEET program incorporates the Maryland state curricula for reading, math, social studies, and science. The curricula are based on proven instructional design with preparation phases, outdoor action phases, and a reflection, analysis, and reporting phase. The course development team includes teachers and experts in environmental education.
Students are assessed on the level of their knowledge about maritime heritage and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through preand post-tests. All teachers are provided with a program binder which contains curricula to support pre- and post- teaching in the classrooms. The teachers and students receive evaluations to provide the Museum with feedback of their program experiences.
AMM’s meaningful watershed experience education programs include:
MUDDY FEET is made possible through major grants from the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training program, the Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation, the Bank of America Foundation, the City of Annapolis, fundraisers like the Boatyard Beach Bash, and Museum members and other supporters, including the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis Bus Company and Watermark Cruises. Volunteers are vital in planning and providing these programs. The Museum’s new volunteer coordinator, Amanda Elliott, is currently recruiting new volunteers for the spring.
AMM Director of Education
May 20, 2010