Join our award-winning ship and shipyard programs for fun, experiential learning, and adventure. As a full-scale re-creation of the colonial ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to Delaware and the Delaware Valley, Kalmar Nyckel is one of the world's great educational resources.
Scholarship funding is now available. Please inquire!
Our ship and shipyard programs are available in a variety of formats and can be tailored to meet the academic needs of any group.
Our most popular program combines both land-based and water-based experiential education. It includes an hour-and-a-half sail on the Christina River, during which the students immerse themselves in the life of the original Kalmar Nyckel sailors. They set and douse sails, learn about early maritime navigation skills, and use our capstan to understand mechanical advantage. Between the sail and land-based activities there is a lunch break, which can be outside in our campus picnic area during the warmer seasons. Then students rotate through four more interactive education stations to round out the day. While these stations will vary based on your choices and the weather, the most popular program introduces teamwork to bring history to life through:
Learn more about our interactive education programing by viewing this short film detailing our "Starting A Colony" program.
"Tour Only" at Copeland Maritime Center
A program complete with hands-on learning experiences awaits your students in our Copeland Maritime Center and on our shipyard campus (without our Tall Ship)! Students will learn cooperation, collaboration, and sailing skills utilizing our 3/4-scale model of Kalmar Nyckel's ship deck. Indoor and outdoor stations are available depending on the seasons and your educational goals. Some of the most popular education stations include:
Please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302.429.7447 or firstname.lastname@example.org for program pricing and additional information.
Special thanks for support from Nordstrom.
Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel has many beautiful carvings -- from dogs to holly to lion's heads -- as was typical of important ships of the 17th Century?