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"The City that Lit the World" 

Whaling, escaping, sailing the world, making a fortune--New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park invites every educator to find a place for parks in their classroom. Your students can explore whaling through lesson plans, games, field trips, online exhibits and Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) multimedia products. Read and research the stories, places and people that put New Bedford at the center of whaling.

From Hampton to New Bedford: A Network to Freedom

Geared towards 5th grade, these lesson plans tell of the Underground Railroad, Hampton NHS, & New Bedford Whaling NHP as escape routes from slavery.

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Cover from Hampton to New Bedford showing the Johnson House, Henry Box Brown, and Hampton NHS

YAP! Teacher's Online Resource Guide

Designed to accompany YAP’s debut album, Edutainment Movement. Free interactive pdf links to songs, videos, & National Park Service lesson plans.

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Cover of YAP! Teachers's Online Resource Guide showing five YAP! members on blue, green and yellow background

Communities of Whaling

Discover the stories of five ethnic groups in New Bedford whose roots trace back to whaling in this interactive online exhibit.

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African-American whaleman on a New Bedford whaleship

Group Reservation Request Form

Please allow at least two weeks to arrange your visit. For 2014, group walking tours requests will be considered starting April 28 - October 2014.

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Screenshot of Group Reservation Request Form with red and blue fish border

Fun For Kids!

Search for hidden pictures, go on a whaling voyage around the world, or learn about whales by exploring the park's online kids' activities.

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Illustration of ship captain steering his ship in open seas

New Bedford Shoreside Industries App

This GPS-enabled walking tour app will be your guide to the City that Lit the World. Free download for Apple and Android devices.

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Screen shot of New Bedford Shoreside Industries App with radio buttons to visit the park, explore the map, and a photo gallery.

Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!)

YAP! is a collaborative program where teens communicate national park themes through hip-hop culture, live events, and social media outreach.

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Youth Ambassador Program logo; yellow idea cloud with microphone exclamation point.

History and Culture

The whaling industry amassed enormous wealth and caused tens of thousands of men to risk their lives in far flung seas.

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A Cape Verdean whaleboat crew rowing a whaleboat

"American Dreams" Short Film by YAP!

A short film by the Youth Ambassador Program that takes viewers on a journey of individuals seeking the American Dream through different paths.

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A scene from the short film, American Dreams

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740



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