Looking Forward, Looking Back: Summer 2020 Aboard Roseway

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Summer 2020 Aboard Roseway

Rain or shine, good times or bad, we are committed to providing life-changing experiential education aboard our beloved schooner Roseway—and COVID-19 was not about to stop us! We are proud to have been able to turn Roseway into a safe, fun, pandemic-proof learning environment in a season where so few could. Here's an update on what we've been up to—and what's next!

World Ocean School Dockside — World Ocean School welcomed 143 students and family members aboard this summer to participate in World Ocean School Dockside. Deckhand Educators facilitated hands-on activities that introduced individual family groups to water quality, simple machines, buoyancy, knots, and navigation. Families stepped away from screens to spend time outside in one of only a handful of in-person programs running this summer.  

Summer Ambassador Program — To wrap up summer programming, World Ocean School proudly welcomed local students aboard for the 14th annual Summer Ambassador Program! With negative COVID tests and a quarantine under their belts, students boarded Roseway for a 10-day voyage up the coast of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. They learned how to sail Roseway, observed seals and whales, and built a strong, supportive community with Roseway’s crew and each other. 

Ocean Classroom — On September 17th, 20 students from Proctor Academy departed Boston to begin the 27th Ocean Classroom program. After nine weeks of place-based science, literature, history, and navigation courses, students will depart the ship in Puerto Rico. We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Proctor Academy and to provide safe experiential education opportunities for these students in the midst of another unusual academic semester. Check out what one of our Ocean Classroom students had to say about the ship's launch here!

St. Croix — Roseway will return to her winter port in Christiansted for its 14th season in St. Croix. World Ocean School will run hands-on programming for students in recess yards, community parks, and in their neighborhoods if COVID-19 guidelines prevent us from inviting them aboard Roseway.