Education: Lighthouse Overnight Adventures for ages 8-12
Lighthouse Overnight Adventures
For youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones). For inquiries about the program, or to register, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail

The program is offered Fridays and Saturdays, April through June and September and October with advanced reservations required.

Under the guidance of a museum educator, youth group participants experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located on the museum’s 18-acre campus along the St. Michaels Harbor.

Twelve to eighteen children and their chaperones can participate in the program. Children ages 8-12 travel back through time to explore the adventurous, exciting, and sometimes dangerous life of a late 19th-century lighthouse keeper. Through educator-led activities, participants try their hand at the keeper’s traditional duties, listen to stories, and discover facts and clues about living in a lighthouse, navigation, and Bay history through games and puzzles. Built in 1879, the screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse once lit the way past Hooper Strait, nearly 39 miles south of St. Michaels. The lighthouse was slated for demolition in 1966, when the museum purchased the lighthouse and moved it to its current location. The lighthouse is one of only three of its kind still in existence on the Chesapeake.

The program fee is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse, a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission to the museum, a souvenir patch, and (seasonally available) a complimentary boat ride on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Boat rides are weather permitting.
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