For Teachers

For Teachers

Our standards-based school programs in the areas of history, language arts, culture and science directly address Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks / Common Core and are designed to offer hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities. Participate in one program and spend the morning at the Museum, or bring lunch and spend the entire day when you choose to attend one science program AND one history program.

We encourage you to review the school programs and discuss them with your colleagues. What program(s) best fit your needs? Maximize your trip funds by coordinating with a fellow educator and bringing more than one class or grade.

School Programs Brochure 2014-15   mobile device

What are teachers saying about our programs?

History programs
60-105 minutes in length depending on the program, and include a hands-on guided tour of the Museum. Most history programs can accommodate up to 75-100 students at one time.
Science programs
90-120 minutes in length, and include hands-on opportunities and a tour of our whale galleries with Science Director Robert Rocha. Science programs can accommodate up to 30 students at one time.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Raven Medeiros-Neves, Education Programs Coordinator, by email or call (508) 997-0046 x185.


Teacher Resource Center

The Museum provides free individualized consultation and research assistance. Science related materials are available on loan from the ECHO Resource Center. To make an appointment  call 508-997-0046 ext. 149.

In-Service Training

Consider the New Bedford Whaling Museum as a site for your next in-service training. Half- or full-day session can be designed to suit curricula needs. Contact the Education Department for more information.

Professional Development

Schooling with Whales Workshop
Saturday, March 7 & 8, 2015

Hours: Saturday from  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 + $50 for 1 graduate credit through Cambridge College.

Taught by Robert Rocha, Director of K-12 and Science Programs; co-sponsored by Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)

Whales may not travel in schools the way that fish do. But, they can be used within several disciplines in a school building to help us teach several important concepts. This ten hour workshop will demonstrate ways to use whales and their kin to teach anatomy, food chains, math, geography, reading comprehension and taxonomy. Participants will be provided with a packet of activities, links to useful web sites a greater appreciation for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Teachers may choose to earn one graduate credit or 10 PDPs for 10 hours of class time. Credit is optional. PDPs are free and will be granted through MITS.

For more information you can view the Course Description and/or contact Director of K-12 and Science Programs, Robert Rocha, or (508) 717-6849.

Discounts for Teachers

Free admission is offered with a teacher ID or with a Whaling Museum school program confirmation form. Please note that this free admission does not apply to teachers visiting with school groups. We hope that a 10% discount will encourage you to stock up on books, media and educational resources from the Museum Store. Teacher memberships are available.

Teacher Appreciation Events

The New Bedford Whaling Museum Education Department understands the time and effort it takes for a teacher to organize a field trip. We are appreciative that you choose to bring your students to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and that you place confidence in our ability to meet your curriculum needs. We also know that during those field trips you cannot always enjoy our galleries to the fullest, since your attention is often diverted by multiple responsibilities and student needs. So, as a means of giving you an opportunity to visit our exhibits at your own pace, and to show our gratitude for bringing your class(es) to the Museum, we will be hosting multiple Teacher Appreciation Events over the next year. Please stay tuned for details.
Past event: September 15, 2014  Teachers' Open House Reception

Last Modified: October 16, 2014