The Park offers free teacher-led programs for school groups of all ages. These programs allow teachers to design and lead their own field trips. Curriculum resources are based on the artifacts, photographs, and ideas found in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Rangers provide pre-visit educational activities that will enhance your group’s visit to the Park.
All groups visiting the Park must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Visit Plan A Field Trip to learn more.
Please e-mail us to receive lesson plans and supporting documents for the education programs below.
|HYDE STREET PIER
Maritime Detectives on Hyde Street Pier
These worksheets help guide students as they explore historic ships on Hyde Street Pier. By observing each ship’s form, students will determine its function. They will also and compare and contrast the ships to learn more about the maritime history of the San Francisco Bay. (Grades 3 and up)
Harbor Master's Ledger
Use this handout with your class to explore Hyde Street Pier. While walking along the pier, students act as the harbormaster and make an inventory of pier conditions. This includes noting which vessels are in port, wind speed and direction, sky and water conditions, and wildlife sightings. (Grades 3 and up)
California and the Sea
This curriculum is designed for pre-visit classroom time and will enhance your group’s visit to the Park. Many lessons included address the California History-Social Science Framework 4th Grade, “California: A Changing State.”(Grade 4 and up)
The Maritime Museum is located in a National Historic Landmark and is a short walk from Hyde Street Pier. The building was constructed in 1939 as a joint project of the City of San Francisco and the New Deal Works Progress Administration. Covered in period murals, the Maritime Museum provides an immersive art and history learning experience.
The Aquatic Park Bathouse Building and the New Deal: A Palace for the Public
How is the Maritime Museum bathhouse building a reflection of the New Deal and was it a successful in meeting its goal?
Students work in groups to gather information about the Works Progress Administration artists and the artwork from the Maritime Museum bathhouse building. With the help of primary and secondary sources, internet research, and rangers, groups will dive deep into the stories behind the artists and artwork; the community’s relationship to the project; and the longer term impact of the building.
Maritime Museum (900 Beach Street)
Grades 9 and above
60-90 minutes on-site
30 students maximum
2-3 class periods pre and post-visit
Chaperone requirements: 1 adult for every 10 students (ratio can be lower, but at least one teacher is required.)
-WPA and the Maritime Museum lesson 9-12
-Evidence Collection Form
-Primary Sources SF Chronicle 1939 WPA
-Sea Letter Summer 2016
In addition to our curriculum resources, use a "How to Read an Object" evidence collection worksheet or the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool for student-guided inquiry lessons.