The Maritime Museum offers a variety of educational programs, with diverse topics, but all still relating to the maritime history of Sandusky. These programs can be adapted and used in the classroom, as we offer Lesson Plans and Educational Resource Kits.  Please contact the museum at for more information.

Resource Kits


The following educational resource kits may be borrowed by teachers and educators free of charge for a period of two weeks:

Ohio Lighthouses: This kit contains information on Sandusky area lighthouses, as well as other lighthouses in Ohio. A teacher’s manual with lesson plans, models of a lightship and fresnal lens, video, DVD and photographs of the Sandusky area light houses are also included.

The Underground Railroad: The Sandusky Connection: Explore the history of the Underground Railroad in Sandusky and the boats used by the local abolitionists to transport escaping slaves to Canada. This wooden trunk includes a teacher’s manual with lesson plans, reproduction artifacts, games, videos and slides of Sandusky’s Underground Railroad sites.

Commercial Shipping: Developed by the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, this trunk includes a teacher’s manual with lesson plans for grades K-8, children’s literature, cargo samples, Great Lakes floor map, posters, maps, CD's, DVD and PowerPoint presentations on Great Lakes shipping.


Johnson’s Island During the Civil War:  Reproduction artifacts, maps, and videos illustrate the history of the Civil War prison on this island in the Sandusky Bay.

Wetlands: Explore the area’s wetlands through activities associated with the fish, flora and fauna of the wetlands. Molds to make animal tracks are included in this kit.

Lesson Plans


The Sandusky Area Maritime Curriculum Guide contains lesson plans and activity sheets for grades 3, 4, and 5.


Topics covered include Boat Building and Recreational Boating, Commercial Fishing and Ice Harvesting, Commercial Shipping, Maritime History of Cedar Point, Passenger Boats, Sandusky's Underground Railroad Connection, Shipwrecks, and Wetlands.


The curriculum is split into four parts.