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National Park Service Youth & Young Adult Programs on Facebook

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National Museum of the Great Lakes’s 2021 Fall Lecture Series sets sail with a “Message in a Bottle”

As summer ends, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is excited to announce the return of our Fall lecture series. Our first lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 20th and will be offered as a hybrid event. Presented by Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker, author, and historian Ric Mixter and based on his same-titled book “Bottled Goodbyes”, the lecture will explore famous messages that have floated ashore.
Please visit or our Facebook page for additional details.

October Online Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum

Windjammers of Penobscot Bay Film Screening + Discussion

PanelOctober 7th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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Peek Into Paintings – Thomas Buttersworth and The War Of 1812

October 8th, noon

Free on Facebook and YouTube

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Member Monday – Behind the Scenes: Researching the Tragic Stories of the Twilight Tours

October 11th, noon

Member exclusive

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Not a member? Join here.

Hemp and American Maritime History

October 14th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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Twilight Tour

October 15th, 5-7pm

Free, suggested admission $20 per family (up to 10 people)

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Maine’s First Ship

October 21st, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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Peek Into Paintings – Victorian Vogue, Creepy Now?

October 22th, noon

Free on Facebook and YouTube

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Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers II

October 28th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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“Found…a DDT dumping ground near LA & Catalina!” Free Zoom Webinar with David Valentine

In January 2019, UCSB’s Dr. David Valentine revealed a shocking and unexpected discovery off Catalina Island and Los Angeles… hundreds of ruptured waste barrels and abundant DDT 3,000 feet below the water’s surface. That finding, along with the realization that the toxic chemical may be causing cancer in sea lions and getting into the human food chain, has led to a massive seafloor mapping exercise to discover the extent of the problem. Numerous newspapers have covered the situation, including the LA Times.

Now, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is proud to present  “Found…A DDT Dumping Ground near LA and Catalina!” a free Zoom webinar with Dr. David Valentine, the Norris Presidential Chair in Earth Science of the University of California-Santa Barbara, speaking about his discovery, research, and the issues affecting the Channel.This presentation will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7pm PDT. The webinar is free, but registration is required, and donations are welcome. 

Hulloween Pumpkin Trail Festival at Hull Lifesaving Museum

Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 304:00-8:00 pm each day. Suggested Donation $5 per person, $10 per family. Children under 5 are free as is enjoying the museum side yard, light snacks and the gift shop.
Join us at the Lifesaving Museum for this family-friendly “Hulloween” adventure that includes many spooky / fun surprises. Our socially-distanced walking trail will begin at the entrance to the museum, exploring the exhibits as you pass by 100+ carved jack-o’lanterns crafted by fellow Hullonians, onto the pumpkin-lit deck, and, if you dare, wander through our haunted wilderness trail, returning to the main lawn. Visitors are encouraged but not compelled to wear their Halloween costumes.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers youth boater safety course

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering another Maryland DNR-approved boater safety course, with a three-session course scheduled for Nov. 15–17 that is aimed at young adult boaters ages 10 and up. 

All sessions will be virtual, held via Zoom from 5–8pm, and led by qualified CBMM staff members. The cost to attend is $25 per person, with space limited and registration required. A 20% discount is available for CBMM members.   

Boater’s Safety Courses teach participants the basics needed to safely and confidently operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972, are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Participants must attend all sessions and pass the Department of Natural Resources exam to earn a certificate that is good for life. 

Early registration is recommended as classes typically fill fast. To register, go to For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit   

Maryland Dove tours offered in October

On Thursdays in October, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering the public a chance to go behind the fences of its working Shipyard for an immersive small group tour of the Maryland Dove build project. 

Scheduled for 3pm on Thursdays Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28, the 45-minute tours will provide an up-close look at what it takes to build a historic maritime vessel in modern times. Led by CBMM’s shipwrights, each tour will give guests a more personal experience with its construction of Maryland Dove, a reproduction of the vessel that accompanied the first European settlers to Maryland in 1634. Slated for completion in 2022, the iconic ship is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by Historic St. Mary’s City.  

The cost to participate is $15 per person, with a 20% discount offered to CBMM members and registration required to Please note: CBMM’s working Shipyard is an active construction site; all participants are expected to wear closed toed, supportive shoes. 

Door County Maritime Museum Speaker Series Returns: in-person AND on-line!

The first presentation of the 2021-2022 Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series will be held both in person and online on Thursday, October 7 at 7pm, featuring Barb Chisholm discussing the 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire.

On the evening of Oct. 8, 1871, the worst recorded forest fire in North American history raged throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, destroying millions of dollars of property, timberland, and taking between 1,200 and 2,400 lives. Beginning in Peshtigo, widespread drought conditions fueled the inferno and remarkably high winds caused the fire to spread across Green Bay to the Door Peninsula.

Barb Chisholm will give an overview of the fire that enveloped both sides of the Bay and how it influenced the area and its people, including the survival story of her great grandmother, Emmerence (Gaspard) Englebert.

More information, and a link to register for the online presentation, is available at 

2021 PADI AWARE Dive Against Debris

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is delighted to announce a new partnership with Neptune & Salacia DivingSwim Drink FishSandy Pines Wildlife Centre and Turtles Kingston for participation in PADI Aware’s Dive Against Debris on Saturday 9 October from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Marine Museum’s 55 Ontario Street location. Full event details found here.
Created by divers for divers, Dive Against Debris® turns your underwater cleanup into a marine debris survey. Divers have a proud history of removing rubbish from the oceans, rivers and lakes, but despite our best efforts the trash keeps piling up. In response, Project AWARE created Dive Against Debris®, a global survey of underwater rubbish in our oceans and fresh waters.
The Marine Museum, Swim Drink Fish, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and Turtles Kingston will have booths set-up at the event for the public to learn more about their vital work in protecting our freshwater ecosystems and how we can help spread awareness and take action.COVID-19 protocols will be in place based on Province of Ontario regulations at the time. The public is asked to respect these protocols for the safety and enjoyment of all participants.
For anyone interested in participating, here’s how you can get involved;

  • On-shore: the Museum and its partners invite members of the public to become a Project AWARE Specialist by volunteering their time to help with the clean-up on-shore.
  • In the water: divers must have specific qualifications and certificates. To find out if you can participate as a diver, contact Guillaume at

By working together, Project AWARE volunteers are playing a major role in keeping our oceans and lakes clean and healthy. In Kingston, this event was first run in 2019 at the Gord Downie Pier in Breakwater Park with great success. Almost 800lbs of debris was collected from the water thanks to 16 divers and over 25 volunteers. Once separated, garbage and recycling were taken to the Kingston Garbage and Recycling Centre. Any bottles were exchanged for money that was donated to the CFB Kingston Dolphin SCUBA Club. This year any funds will be donated to our non-for-profit partners.
For more information please contact Guillaume Courcy, Owner and Operator of Neptune & Salacia Diving. 613-777-6698 /


On Saturday, September 30, 2021 at 11am, the Maritime Education for Students of the Sea (MESS) lecture series, sponsored by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, invites Sari Mäenpää, Curator of Collections at the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre in Finland, to present about the history of sailors and their pets! This will be the first-ever international MESS lecture for the ongoing library lecture series.

Pets have been aboard sailing ships for centuries. Pets were commonly carried aboard Finnish windjammers by crewmembers. Almost all ocean-going sailing ships had pets. Dogs and cats were especially important to sailors on an emotional level as animals provided a safe channel for sailors to exhibit, as well as receive, affection. The presence of animals was also part of the sailors’ self-image of being close to nature.  

Sailors in these last sailing ships were living the masculine ideal of the deep-sea seafarer in the golden age of sail.  However, sailors were also longing for domesticity and therefore created domestic conditions aboard ship with the help of companion animals. In this talk, you will meet the chimpanzee Amigo, kitten Kirri and perhaps the most famous Finnish dog seafarer Päik, who sailed around Cape Horn eight times! 

Sari Mäenpää holds a doctorate in the maritime labour history from the University of Liverpool. She has written for several publications on, for example, women at sea and the history of catering crew on passenger vessels. Recently she has also published articles on the relationships between sailors and animals. She is currently working on the manuscript for a book on changes in maritime professions, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan (UK). She is chair of the Finnish Association for Maritime History and long-standing editor of the maritime history journal Nautica Fennica. She works as curator of collections in the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre in Finland.  

MESS are informal lunchtime lectures that showcases maritime knowledge, research and skills. The MESS lectures seek to amplify new voices, honor experience and respect the diversity of maritime culture. The program is a partnership of San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The ongoing virtual, live lecture series takes place on the last Thursday of every month at 11 a.m. (PDT). The event is free and open to the public. To register for the livestream event, visit: