School Tours & Programs

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum provides engaging field trip experiences for students. Aligned with state standards, our tours and programs will enhance any curriculum.

Tours, programs and workshops must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation letter with an invoice and other important information. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the program date. Your field trip is subject to cancellation if your payment is late.

Teachers and paraprofessionals are FREE. One chaperone for every 10 students is FREE. Please note, due to space constraints, we cannot accomodate additional chaperones.

 Download our 2013-2014 School Programs Planning Guide

Tours

Maritime History Tour

Recommended for grades 2-6
During this 90 minute guided tour of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, students will learn about the significant geographic, economic, social and cultural developments of the Detroit River and the Great Lakes waterways. Students will:

  • Learn that Detroit was settled due to its geographic location on the Detroit River.
  • Discover that the Great Lakes provide transportation routes for shipping goods and people.
  • Explore how people rely on the Great Lakes for recreation and work.
  • Identify the human activity that affects the ecosystem of the Great Lakes region.
  • See how the Great Lakes influenced the economy of Detroit, Michigan, and the United States.
  • Observe how technology changed to accommodate the needs of people and industry, making boating and shipping on the Great Lakes more efficient and safer.
  • Learn that the Great Lakes played vital roles in the War of 1812 and World War II.

Time: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 11:30 or 12:30pm - 2:00

Group Size: 10 minimum, 100 maximum

Cost: $5 per student

Self-Guided Experiences

Recommended for grades 2 – 6
The Detroit Historical Society is pleased to offer educators the opportunity to guide students as they explore our exhibits, examine artifacts and uncover Detroit’s history on their own. In self-guided experiences, teachers and chaperones work with small groups of students to facilitate activities provided by the museums.

Students become “history travelers” as they explore museum exhibits and answer questions using our ‘Passport to Learning’ booklet. Each student will receive a booklet with questions and activities that encourage interaction with the exhibits. Chaperones and teachers are provided with answer keys to help them facilitate discussions, as well as passport “stamps” to mark completed activities.

‘Passport to Learning’ programs last approximately 90-minutes and are available at both the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

Tour Times
Tuesday – Friday
10 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Cost:
 •  $50 for up to 30 students
 •  $100 for 30 – 60 students
 •  $150 for 60 – 90 students
 •  $200 for 90  - 120 students

pdfDownload a list of State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations met by the Maritime History Tour.

Workshops

Great Lakes Transportation Workshop

Recommended for grades 3-5
The Great Lakes are an integral part of our history, geography and economics. In this 90 minute program, students will learn about transportation on the Great Lakes and Detroit River, from 1701 to the present day. They will label the lakes, states, rivers, and ports on a giant floor map, attempt to navigate a “waterway” using only the sound of buoys, and learn to communicate using bells, whistles, flags and other languages of the lakes.

Time: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 11:30 or 12:30pm - 2:00

Group Size: Maximum 30

Cost: $200

pdfDownload a list of State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations met by this program.

How to Book a Field Trip

Call a Marketing & Sales Specialist at 313.833.7979 or complete the short form below.

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