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We have been monitoring the Baker Administration’s COVID policy for the state of Massachusetts to be sure that our programs here at Lowell’s Boat Shop are conducted as safely as possible, and in compliance with state regulations. 

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com to request a full version of our covid safety protocols.

Pre-Apprentice Program

Wednesdays, November 18 – June 2; 3:30-5:30 

An after school opportunity for kids (10-13) who aren’t quite old enough to join our Apprentice Program to get an understanding of how the Boat Shop works. We’ll teach basic tool use, the process of boatbuilding as practiced at Lowell’s, the importance of putting things back where they belong and cleaning up, and additional skills and lessons that organically arise as Shop needs dictate. On occasion, the senior Apprentices will act as mentors and lead the session.  Afterschool snacks included.

$25 per week. Space is limited.

Kids Rowing Club

Thursdays 3:30-5:30PM

June 17 – October 14

$20 per day

These afternoon sessions will teach kids how to row a Banks dory in teams of 2-4, and how to row with a larger group in the surf dory when numbers allow. Rowing commands, rules of the river, and water safety will all be reviewed and practiced.

Participants must sign up in advance; space is limited. Suggested ages 10-16.

No rowing experience necessary.

River Stories – Exploring the Merrimack

July 12-14, 9AM -4PM each day. Suggested ages 9-14

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

The towns along the Merrimack River have a rich history. The lower Merrimack River Valley was occupied by tribes of Algonquin Indians for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years before English colonists arrived in the mid-17th century; in fact, the name “Merrimack” means “rapid waters” in Algonquian, and describes ancient geographic conditions in the lower river valley. Shell heaps near the present Route 1 highway bridge provide additional evidence of aboriginal occupation and river use in the area near Lowell’s Boat Shop.

After the early 17th century, English colonists vied with the Indians for use of the Merrimack River. They cleared the forests for farming, rafted logs downstream for construction purposes and engaged in shipbuilding along the shores of the Merrimack. During this early colonial period, shipyards were established downstream in Newbury near the river’s mouth and upstream at the confluence of the Powwow and Merrimack Rivers.

We’ll take a hike along nearby streets in Amesbury to find the homes of shipwrights and sea captains, and row to explore remnants of structures along the river’s bank, such as the old landing for Carr’s Ferry.  Stories of the Merrimack will be revealed as we search for evidence of the people that settled here long ago.

Castaways II – An Adventure for Kids    

August 2-4, 9AM -4PM each day. Suggested ages 9-14

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

This second Castaways session builds on Castaways I, and offers the opportunity to learn new skills such as orienteering, navigating, starting a fire with a draw bow, building a fresh water still, knot-tying, and lashing. Each day we’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop downriver to High Rock or another nearby island, where we’ll make landfall and practice the new skills we’re learning.

As Far As We Can Row

August 23-25, 9AM -4PM each day. Suggested ages 9-14

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

We’ll row upriver with the tide until we see a spot we want to explore, then we’ll beach the boats and investigate. We’ll try to get as far as the Rocks Village Historic District, developed in 1640 as a ferry crossing point on the river joining Haverhill to West Newbury. If we have time, we’ll stop in to see the Hand Tub House, a fire station that has been converted into a local museum.

Saturdays at the Shop SESSION 2

Jan 9, 23 & Feb 6

Every other Saturday starting November 21 (divided into sessions); 9-noon

This youth program offers kids ages 10-15 the opportunity to come to Lowell’s Boat Shop every other Saturday to practice tool use and hone their woodworking skills. Kids will learn to build a variety of projects through the course of the winter, from a simple birdhouse to a much more complex pond yacht that really sails. Kids will be able to bring home each project they build.

$30 per session; sessions will be grouped according to the project underway, and the cost of each session will reflect the materials costs for the particular item being built. (For example, the toolbox will take three Saturdays to complete; the sessions ($30 per day) plus materials cost ($25) for the toolbox is $115.)

 Minimum of 5 participants to run; maximum of 8. LBS reserves the right to cancel if a session is undersubscribed.

Riverkeepers

Thursdays  1-3:30PM

July 1 – August 26

Members: $30 per day

The Merrimack River is one of the most important rivers on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory fish species like river herring and sturgeon. We’ll investigate the migratory habits of local fish species and eels, and work to improve their habitats. We’ll experiment with some basic water quality testing, collect and track marine debris, and study the effects of land development along the shoreline.

Must sign up in advance. Minimum of 5 participants to run; LBS reserves the right to cancel if undersubscribed.

Build Your Own Pond Yacht!  

July 19-23, 9AM -3PM each day. River Regatta on Saturday, July 24, from 10-11.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

MEMBERS: $420     NONMEMBERS: $465 (tuition includes materials)

Minimum of 5 participants to run; LBS reserves the right to cancel if undersubscribed.

Spend a week at Lowell’s Boat Shop learning traditional boat building skills by building your own model sailboat! We’ll work in the Shop’s classroom to design and shape hulls, round masts and booms, paint, and then rig the boats in time for a mini regatta on the Merrimack River. No prior experience or woodworking skills required. This is a great opportunity to familiarize your child with woodworking and tool use. Session fee includes materials.

In the afternoons we may take a break and row across the river for a swim off the sand bar. Participants are asked to wear close-toed shoes and bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, a bathing suit and a towel with them each day.

The Powwow Excursion

August 9-11, 9AM -4PM each day. Suggested ages 9-14

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

Join us for this exploration of the Powwow River, a tributary of the Merrimack that originates in Danville, NH, and courses 22 miles before flowing through the center of Amesbury. We’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop to where the Powwow meets the Merrimack, and travel upriver as far as the depths allow. As we row, we’ll observe the differences between the two bodies of water, and the plants and animals that are supported by the ecosystems we encounter. If time and tide allow, we’ll find a good spot to beach the boats and visit downtown Amesbury; one afternoon we’ll stop for an ice cream treat!

Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens

July 25-30, 2021

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Sunday, July 25, 2021 between 3-4PM in Portland, Maine
  • Disembark Friday July 30, 2021 at 11AM in Portland, Maine
  • Fee of $1,200 includes 3 meals per day, fuel, crew, docking fees, etc. Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration; balance due May 1. (If you prefer to pay full tuition upfront, please call 978-834-0050.) A limited number of scholarships are available; please email for an application: dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com

This sail training voyage — a collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop, Sailing Ships Maine and the Schooner Harvey Gamage — offers teens the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll spend a week aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage, working side-by-side with a professional crew to learn seamanship, sail handling, and leadership. Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop will Captain the vessel for our trip; he is fully USCG licensed and has decades of experience sailing tall ships and leading onboard educational programs. The itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to Hurricane Island, a day on Stellwagen bank watching whales and learning about the fisheries, and an overnight passage to explore some of Maine’s more remote islands.

 The hands-on nature of this distinctive program encourages independence and a sense of achievement that increases levels of self-confidence and self-esteem.  A week at sea offers the perfect opportunity for kids to unplug and truly engage with the world around them!

*Strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in place for this trip, and there are requirements that must be met before anyone can board the ship, including a two-week quarantine and a negative COVID test results within 72 hours of boarding.

**This program is academically accredited by Falmouth (Maine) High School. Participants receive a letter of elective credit which should be valid as a transfer credit on their high school transcript.

Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.


Saturdays at the Shop SESSION 3

Feb 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3, 17, May 1, 15, 29

Every other Saturday starting November 21 (divided into sessions); 9-noon

 This youth program offers kids ages 10-15 the opportunity to come to Lowell’s Boat Shop every other Saturday to practice tool use and hone their woodworking skills. Kids will learn to build a variety of projects through the course of the winter, from a simple birdhouse to the more complex pond yacht that really sails. Kids will be able to bring home each project they build.

 $30 per session; sessions will be grouped according to the project underway, and the cost of each session will reflect the materials costs for the particular item being built. (For example, the model yacht will take eight Saturdays to complete ($30 per day); the sessions plus materials cost ($60) for the boat is $300.) The final Saturday, May 29, will also be the day of our Merrimack Regatta to race the boats we have built.

 Minimum of 5 participants to run each session; maximum of 8. LBS reserves the right to cancel if a session is undersubscribed.

Castaways I – An Adventure for Kids 

July 5-7, 9AM -4PM each day.  Suggested ages 9-14.

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

What does it take to survive on an island in the middle of the mighty Merrimack? Join us on this Castaways adventure to find out! Each day we’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop downriver to High Rock, where we’ll make landfall and practice our survival skills such as shelter building, tracking animals, building fish traps, and wild edibles identification. Teamwork and the ability to think out of the box required!

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids

July 26-28, 9AM -4PM each day. Suggested ages 9-14

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head up the Merrimack toward Indian Creek and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn about currents and tides, and determine the best places to land to explore the area. We’ll row into Indian Creek and note the different plants and animals that inhabit the fresh water creek vs. those that thrive in the brackish water of the river. After a refreshing swim, we’ll take a hike along the trails that lead through the woods before rowing back to the Boat Shop.

Marsh Madness – An Adventure for Kids!

August 16-18, 9AM -4PM each day. Suggested ages 9-14

MEMBERS: $285     NONMEMBERS: $315

Join us on a rowing adventure to Joppa Flats and the marsh beyond! The program will start and end at the Joppa Flats boat ramp. We’ll spend the day exploring the marsh ecosystem, finding and identifying the plants and animals that call the marsh home, and differentiating between native and invasive species. Wear old sneakers and clothing that can get dirty — we’ll be getting muddy!

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids! Session I

When: Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head upriver to Maudslay State Park and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn to map the land from the river, chart currents and tides, and determine the best place to land. Once on shore, we’ll practice wayfinding and orienteering in the Maudslay Woods using map and compass, and record the different species of flora and fauna we encounter on our travels.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

*A miminum of 4 students is required to run this class. Should there be fewer than four students Lowell’s Boat Shop reserves the right to cancel the class at any time for a full refund.

We have been monitoring the Baker Administration’s COVID policy for the state of Massachusetts to be sure that our programs here at Lowell’s Boat Shop are conducted as safely as possible, and in compliance with state regulations. 

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com to request a full version of our covid safety protocols.

Fall Programs at Lowell’s Boat Shop

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
for 5 weeks starting September 15

Looking for something to supplement the online/hybrid learning models that have become this year’s “back to school”? Lowell’s Boat Shop is offering six mini-classes that incorporate STEAM learning objectives through place-based, hands-on education. Classes will be held outdoors whenever possible, and will be limited to small groups of 8. Kids will have the opportunity to row our Banks dories, and will learn about safety on the water in addition to developing skills and knowledge in math, history, science, engineering and the arts.

Two classes will be offered each day – 9:00-12:00 and 12:30-3:30 (Students enrolled for both classes can stay and have their lunch at LBS)
Ages: 10-13 (some flexibility – please call); limit 8 per class
$175 LBS Members; $190 Nonmembers (per class)

TUESDAY:

9-12: Importance of Place
The Merrimack River has played a major role in the development of the communities that line its banks. We’ll investigate the river’s many uses, and how it has shaped our local towns and cities.

12:30-3:30 River Ecology

The Merrimack River’s waters change from salt to brackish to fresh as it travels inland from the ocean. We’ll explore the different ecosystems at these differing levels of salinity, and learn about the species of plants and animals that thrive – or have adapted – in each. We’ll also talk about climate change, and the special importance of the marsh ecosystem in mitigating its effects.

WEDNESDAY:

9-12: Math on the River
A modified version of our renowned high school program, this class will challenge kids to observe and record the river’s depths, currents, and tides, and how the lunar cycle affects them.  Students will learn the basics of navigation, and calculate the best way to get from Point A to Point B based on the data they compile.

12:30-3:30: Riverkeepers
The Merrimack River is one of the most important on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory fish species like river herring and sturgeon. The watershed also supports the largest tidal marsh habitat in New England, a portion of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route, and a great number of state and federally-listed endangered species. We’ll experiment with some basic water quality testing, collect and track marine debris, and study the effects of land development along the shoreline. 

THURSDAY:

9-12: LBS/Maritime History
As the oldest continuously operating Boat Shop in the country, Lowell’s Boat Shop is uniquely equipped to present a history of boatbuilding and its importance both locally and on a national level. We’ll learn about the rise and fall of the fishing industry, practice skills such as knot-tying and splicing, and parse maritime vocabulary and idioms to better understand the language of seafarers.

12:30-3:30: Design and Construction
This program will take students through the process of building a (model) boat from lofting to construction, utilizing boatbuilding math to create and scale their design. We’ll discuss hull shape, form and function, Lowell’s construction process, the characteristics of local wood species, and traditional tools and their uses. Students will build (a very basic) model boat through the course of the program.

KIDS ROWING CLUB
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:45-5:30
$20 per day or $60 per week
Must sign up in advance; space is limited. Suggested ages 10-16.
No rowing experience necessary. We’ll run this as long as boats are in and weather holds.

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids! Session I

When: Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head upriver to Maudslay State Park and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn to map the land from the river, chart currents and tides, and determine the best place to land. Once on shore, we’ll practice wayfinding and orienteering in the Maudslay Woods using map and compass, and record the different species of flora and fauna we encounter on our travels.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

*A miminum of 4 students is required to run this class. Should there be fewer than four students Lowell’s Boat Shop reserves the right to cancel the class at any time for a full refund.

We have been monitoring the Baker Administration’s COVID policy for the state of Massachusetts to be sure that our programs here at Lowell’s Boat Shop are conducted as safely as possible, and in compliance with state regulations. 

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com to request a full version of our covid safety protocols.

Fall Programs at Lowell’s Boat Shop

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
for 5 weeks starting September 15

Looking for something to supplement the online/hybrid learning models that have become this year’s “back to school”? Lowell’s Boat Shop is offering six mini-classes that incorporate STEAM learning objectives through place-based, hands-on education. Classes will be held outdoors whenever possible, and will be limited to small groups of 8. Kids will have the opportunity to row our Banks dories, and will learn about safety on the water in addition to developing skills and knowledge in math, history, science, engineering and the arts.

Two classes will be offered each day – 9:00-12:00 and 12:30-3:30 (Students enrolled for both classes can stay and have their lunch at LBS)
Ages: 10-13 (some flexibility – please call); limit 8 per class
$175 LBS Members; $190 Nonmembers (per class)

TUESDAY:

9-12: Importance of Place
The Merrimack River has played a major role in the development of the communities that line its banks. We’ll investigate the river’s many uses, and how it has shaped our local towns and cities.

12:30-3:30 River Ecology

The Merrimack River’s waters change from salt to brackish to fresh as it travels inland from the ocean. We’ll explore the different ecosystems at these differing levels of salinity, and learn about the species of plants and animals that thrive – or have adapted – in each. We’ll also talk about climate change, and the special importance of the marsh ecosystem in mitigating its effects.

WEDNESDAY:

9-12: Math on the River
A modified version of our renowned high school program, this class will challenge kids to observe and record the river’s depths, currents, and tides, and how the lunar cycle affects them.  Students will learn the basics of navigation, and calculate the best way to get from Point A to Point B based on the data they compile.

12:30-3:30: Riverkeepers
The Merrimack River is one of the most important on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory fish species like river herring and sturgeon. The watershed also supports the largest tidal marsh habitat in New England, a portion of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route, and a great number of state and federally-listed endangered species. We’ll experiment with some basic water quality testing, collect and track marine debris, and study the effects of land development along the shoreline. 

THURSDAY:

9-12: LBS/Maritime History
As the oldest continuously operating Boat Shop in the country, Lowell’s Boat Shop is uniquely equipped to present a history of boatbuilding and its importance both locally and on a national level. We’ll learn about the rise and fall of the fishing industry, practice skills such as knot-tying and splicing, and parse maritime vocabulary and idioms to better understand the language of seafarers.

12:30-3:30: Design and Construction
This program will take students through the process of building a (model) boat from lofting to construction, utilizing boatbuilding math to create and scale their design. We’ll discuss hull shape, form and function, Lowell’s construction process, the characteristics of local wood species, and traditional tools and their uses. Students will build (a very basic) model boat through the course of the program.

KIDS ROWING CLUB
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:45-5:30
$20 per day or $60 per week
Must sign up in advance; space is limited. Suggested ages 10-16.
No rowing experience necessary. We’ll run this as long as boats are in and weather holds.

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids! Session I

When: Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head upriver to Maudslay State Park and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn to map the land from the river, chart currents and tides, and determine the best place to land. Once on shore, we’ll practice wayfinding and orienteering in the Maudslay Woods using map and compass, and record the different species of flora and fauna we encounter on our travels.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

*A miminum of 4 students is required to run this class. Should there be fewer than four students Lowell’s Boat Shop reserves the right to cancel the class at any time for a full refund.

We have been monitoring the Baker Administration’s COVID policy for the state of Massachusetts to be sure that our programs here at Lowell’s Boat Shop are conducted as safely as possible, and in compliance with state regulations. 

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com to request a full version of our covid safety protocols.

Fall Programs at Lowell’s Boat Shop

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
for 5 weeks starting September 15

Looking for something to supplement the online/hybrid learning models that have become this year’s “back to school”? Lowell’s Boat Shop is offering six mini-classes that incorporate STEAM learning objectives through place-based, hands-on education. Classes will be held outdoors whenever possible, and will be limited to small groups of 8. Kids will have the opportunity to row our Banks dories, and will learn about safety on the water in addition to developing skills and knowledge in math, history, science, engineering and the arts.

Two classes will be offered each day – 9:00-12:00 and 12:30-3:30 (Students enrolled for both classes can stay and have their lunch at LBS)
Ages: 10-13 (some flexibility – please call); limit 8 per class
$175 LBS Members; $190 Nonmembers (per class)

TUESDAY:

9-12: Importance of Place
The Merrimack River has played a major role in the development of the communities that line its banks. We’ll investigate the river’s many uses, and how it has shaped our local towns and cities.

12:30-3:30 River Ecology

The Merrimack River’s waters change from salt to brackish to fresh as it travels inland from the ocean. We’ll explore the different ecosystems at these differing levels of salinity, and learn about the species of plants and animals that thrive – or have adapted – in each. We’ll also talk about climate change, and the special importance of the marsh ecosystem in mitigating its effects.

WEDNESDAY:

9-12: Math on the River
A modified version of our renowned high school program, this class will challenge kids to observe and record the river’s depths, currents, and tides, and how the lunar cycle affects them.  Students will learn the basics of navigation, and calculate the best way to get from Point A to Point B based on the data they compile.

12:30-3:30: Riverkeepers
The Merrimack River is one of the most important on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory fish species like river herring and sturgeon. The watershed also supports the largest tidal marsh habitat in New England, a portion of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route, and a great number of state and federally-listed endangered species. We’ll experiment with some basic water quality testing, collect and track marine debris, and study the effects of land development along the shoreline. 

THURSDAY:

9-12: LBS/Maritime History
As the oldest continuously operating Boat Shop in the country, Lowell’s Boat Shop is uniquely equipped to present a history of boatbuilding and its importance both locally and on a national level. We’ll learn about the rise and fall of the fishing industry, practice skills such as knot-tying and splicing, and parse maritime vocabulary and idioms to better understand the language of seafarers.

12:30-3:30: Design and Construction
This program will take students through the process of building a (model) boat from lofting to construction, utilizing boatbuilding math to create and scale their design. We’ll discuss hull shape, form and function, Lowell’s construction process, the characteristics of local wood species, and traditional tools and their uses. Students will build (a very basic) model boat through the course of the program.

KIDS ROWING CLUB
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:45-5:30
$20 per day or $60 per week
Must sign up in advance; space is limited. Suggested ages 10-16.
No rowing experience necessary. We’ll run this as long as boats are in and weather holds.

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids! Session I

When: Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head upriver to Maudslay State Park and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn to map the land from the river, chart currents and tides, and determine the best place to land. Once on shore, we’ll practice wayfinding and orienteering in the Maudslay Woods using map and compass, and record the different species of flora and fauna we encounter on our travels.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

*A miminum of 4 students is required to run this class. Should there be fewer than four students Lowell’s Boat Shop reserves the right to cancel the class at any time for a full refund.

We have been monitoring the Baker Administration’s COVID policy for the state of Massachusetts to be sure that our programs here at Lowell’s Boat Shop are conducted as safely as possible, and in compliance with state regulations. 

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com to request a full version of our covid safety protocols.

Fall Programs at Lowell’s Boat Shop

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
for 5 weeks starting September 15

Looking for something to supplement the online/hybrid learning models that have become this year’s “back to school”? Lowell’s Boat Shop is offering six mini-classes that incorporate STEAM learning objectives through place-based, hands-on education. Classes will be held outdoors whenever possible, and will be limited to small groups of 8. Kids will have the opportunity to row our Banks dories, and will learn about safety on the water in addition to developing skills and knowledge in math, history, science, engineering and the arts.

Two classes will be offered each day – 9:00-12:00 and 12:30-3:30 (Students enrolled for both classes can stay and have their lunch at LBS)
Ages: 10-13 (some flexibility – please call); limit 8 per class
$175 LBS Members; $190 Nonmembers (per class)

TUESDAY:

9-12: Importance of Place
The Merrimack River has played a major role in the development of the communities that line its banks. We’ll investigate the river’s many uses, and how it has shaped our local towns and cities.

12:30-3:30 River Ecology

The Merrimack River’s waters change from salt to brackish to fresh as it travels inland from the ocean. We’ll explore the different ecosystems at these differing levels of salinity, and learn about the species of plants and animals that thrive – or have adapted – in each. We’ll also talk about climate change, and the special importance of the marsh ecosystem in mitigating its effects.

WEDNESDAY:

9-12: Math on the River
A modified version of our renowned high school program, this class will challenge kids to observe and record the river’s depths, currents, and tides, and how the lunar cycle affects them.  Students will learn the basics of navigation, and calculate the best way to get from Point A to Point B based on the data they compile.

12:30-3:30: Riverkeepers
The Merrimack River is one of the most important on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory fish species like river herring and sturgeon. The watershed also supports the largest tidal marsh habitat in New England, a portion of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route, and a great number of state and federally-listed endangered species. We’ll experiment with some basic water quality testing, collect and track marine debris, and study the effects of land development along the shoreline. 

THURSDAY:

9-12: LBS/Maritime History
As the oldest continuously operating Boat Shop in the country, Lowell’s Boat Shop is uniquely equipped to present a history of boatbuilding and its importance both locally and on a national level. We’ll learn about the rise and fall of the fishing industry, practice skills such as knot-tying and splicing, and parse maritime vocabulary and idioms to better understand the language of seafarers.

12:30-3:30: Design and Construction
This program will take students through the process of building a (model) boat from lofting to construction, utilizing boatbuilding math to create and scale their design. We’ll discuss hull shape, form and function, Lowell’s construction process, the characteristics of local wood species, and traditional tools and their uses. Students will build (a very basic) model boat through the course of the program.

KIDS ROWING CLUB
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:45-5:30
$20 per day or $60 per week
Must sign up in advance; space is limited. Suggested ages 10-16.
No rowing experience necessary. We’ll run this as long as boats are in and weather holds.

Please email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids! Session I

When: Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head upriver to Maudslay State Park and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn to map the land from the river, chart currents and tides, and determine the best place to land. Once on shore, we’ll practice wayfinding and orienteering in the Maudslay Woods using map and compass, and record the different species of flora and fauna we encounter on our travels.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

*A miminum of 4 students is required to run this class. Should there be fewer than four students Lowell’s Boat Shop reserves the right to cancel the class at any time for a full refund.

Build Your Own Pond Yacht!

WHEN: Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 from 9am-2pm; River Regatta on Saturday, July 18 from 10-11am

Spend a week at Lowell’s Boat Shop learning traditional boat building skills by building your own model sailboat! We’ll work in the shop’s classroom to design and shape hulls, round masts and booms, paint, and then rig the boats in time for a mini regatta on the Merrimack River. No proir experience or woodworking skills required. This is a great opportunity to familiarize your child with woodworking and tool use. Session fee includes materials.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Students are asked to wear close-toed shoes and bring a snack, lunch, and water bottle with them each day.

The Expedition – An Adventure for Kids! Session II

When: Tuesday, July 21st and Wednesday, July 22nd.

We’ll start our rowing adventure from Lowell’s Boat Shop, and head up the Merrimack to the Powow River and its surrounds. As we go, we’ll learn to map the land from the river, chart currents and tides, and determine the best place to land. Once on shore, we’ll practice wayfinding and orienteering using map and compass, and record the different species of flora and fauna we encounter. On Day 2, we’ll row further upriver to Indian Creek and explore the trails and woods along the banks — and compare what we find there to what lives along the Powow.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

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RiverKeepers

A program for conservation-minded kids who want to make a difference!

When: Thursdays (July 23 and 30; August 6 and 13) from 9am-4pm

LBS Members: $105 per session / $400 for all four weeks

Nonmembers: $115 per session / $440 for all four weeks

*Please call LBS to take advantage of 4-session discount

The Merrimack River is one of the most important rivers on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory fish species like river herring and sturgeon. The watershed also supports the largest tidal marsh habitat in New England, a portion of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route, and a great number of state and federally-listed endangered species. Join us on Thursdays as we explore the river in rowboats, and take an active role in monitoring and preserving its health. We’ll do some water quality testing, collect and track marine debris, and study the species that rely on the river for their survival.

Appropriate for children ages 9-16. Space is limited.

Castaways – An Adventure for Kids!

WHEN: July 28 & 29

What does it take to survive on an island in the middle of the mighty Merrimack? Join us on this Castaways adventure to find out! Each day we’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop downriver to High Rock, where we’ll make landfall and practice our survival skills such as shelter building, tracking, and wild edibles identification. Teamwork and the ability to think out of the box required!

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

Afternoons at the Boat Shop

WHEN: Thursday and Friday from 1-4PM

July 9-10; July 23-24; July 30-31; August 6-7; August 13-14

These afternoon sessions introduce kids to the history of Lowell’s Boat Shop and the boatbuilding process as practiced for centuries by the Lowell family at the Shop. Projects and activities will incorporate a number of learning objectives – the proper way to use hand tools; identifying the properties of different wood species; form as it relates to function; and the skills of organization, numbers sense, mental math, and fractions. The best part is that all of this education is delivered through hands-on practice, with the goal of having fun! No prior experience or woodworking skills required. This is a great opportunity to familiarize your child with woodworking and tool use. Session fee includes materials.

You can register for single workshop sessions, or get a $25 discount when you register for all six. Each day offers a different experience with something new to learn.

Recommended for ages 10 and up (there is some flexibility). Students are asked to wear close-toed shoes and bring a snack and a water bottle with them each day.

M = $95 per session**; $450 for all 5 ($25 discount)

NM = $105 per session**; $500 for all 5 ($25 discount)

**Each session is a consecutive Thursday and Friday

Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens I

August 3-8, 2020: Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens

This sail training voyage — a collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop, Maritime Gloucester, Tall Ships Maine and Ocean Passages — offers teens the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll spend a week aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage, working side-by-side with a professional crew to learn seamanship, sail handling, and leadership. Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop will Captain the vessel for our trip; he is fully USCG licensed and has decades of experience sailing tall ships and leading onboard educational programs. The itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to Hurricane Island, a day on Stellwagen bank watching whales and learning about the fisheries, and an overnight passage to explore some of Maine’s more remote islands before sailing to Newburyport, MA on Friday.

The hands-on nature of this distinctive program encourages independence and a sense of achievement that increases levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. A week at sea offers the perfect opportunity for kids to unplug and truly engage with the world around them!

**This program is academically accredited by Falmouth (Maine) High School. Participants receive a letter of elective credit which should be valid as a transfer credit on their high school transcript.

Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4PM in Portland, ME

  • Disembark Saturday August 8, 2020 at 11AM in Newburyport, MA

  • Fee of $1,200 includes 3 meals per day, fuel, crew, docking fees, etc. Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration; balance due June 1. A limited number of scholarships are available.

The Powwow Excursion

August 4th and 5th.

Join us for this exploration of the Powwow River, a tributary of the Merrimack that originates in Danville, NH, and courses 22 miles before flowing through the center of Amesbury. We’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop to where the Powwow meets the Merrimack, and travel upriver as far as the depths allow. As we row, we’ll observe the differences between the two bodies of water, and the plants and animals that are supported by the ecosystems we encounter. If time and tide allow, we’ll find a good spot to beach the boats and visit downtown Amesbury for pizza from Flatbreads or an ice cream treat!

Member Fee: $150

Nonmember Fee: $165

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-16. Space is limited.

Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens II

August 10-15, 2020: Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens

This sail training voyage — a collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop, Maritime Gloucester, Tall Ships Maine and Ocean Passages — offers teens the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll spend a week aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage, working side-by-side with a professional crew to learn seamanship, sail handling, and leadership. Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop will Captain the vessel for our trip; he is fully USCG licensed and has decades of experience sailing tall ships and leading onboard educational programs. The itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but may include a visit to Hurricane Island, a day on Stellwagen bank watching whales and learning about the fisheries, and an overnight passage to explore some of Maine’s more remote islands before sailing to Portland, ME on Friday.

The hands-on nature of this distinctive program encourages independence and a sense of achievement that increases levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. A week at sea offers the perfect opportunity for kids to unplug and truly engage with the world around them!

**This program is academically accredited by Falmouth (Maine) High School. Participants receive a letter of elective credit which should be valid as a transfer credit on their high school transcript.

Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or email dorothy@lowellsboatshop.com if you have questions.

Program Dates & Rates

  • Board Monday, August 10, 2020 at 4PM in Newburyport, MA

  • Disembark Saturday August 15, 2020 at 11AM in Portland, ME

  • Fee of $1,200 includes 3 meals per day, fuel, crew, docking fees, etc. Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration; balance due May 1. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Stay tuned for more programming….we are working on it!

Castaways II – an Adventure for Kids!

August 11-12

This second Castaways session builds on Castaways I, and offers the opportunity to learn new skills such as orienteering, navigating, forecasting the weather, building a fresh water still, knot-tying, and lashing. Each day we’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop downriver to High Rock or another nearby island, where we’ll make landfall and practice the new skills we’re learning.

This is a two-day program, 9AM-4PM each day, appropriate for children ages 9-13. Space is limited.

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