School Groups & Educator Resources

Learn more about Texas Maritime History with these resources designed specifically for educators and groups!

We have redesigned our school group tours to better fit what you want! Choose from seven different tours, each designed to get your class or group engaged with the Museum and to come away with specific knowledge. Don’t see a lesson that is right for your class? We’ll custom make one for you! Just give us a call and tell us what you would theme you would like your class to learn about Texas Maritime History.

School Group & Tours


If your class is in Aransas county your Museum tour is FREE. To ad a lesson and activity it is just $2.50 per student. All other students are $3.00. A minimum of one Teacher/Chaperone for every 10 children (3rd Grade +) or 2 Teachers/Chaperones for every 10 children (K-2nd Grade) are required and will receive free admission.

Additional Chaperones are welcome but required to pay the Adult Group Rate of $6.00.

Lessons & Activities Available (click on each to read a program outline)

Short on time? Sign up for a Museum tour. Tours are primarily self-guided and can fit your schedule. The group discount rate is $1.50 per child, FREE for Aransas County students.

Fill out the Tour Form and fax/call/e-mail us!

Educator Resources 

Teachers Resource Guide


Collaboration between the Rockport-Fulton are attractions, the Teachers Resource guide is a great way to find out about educational resources in the area.

Teacher Resource Guide for Rockport-Fulton and Aransas County

Would you like to be a Maritime Explorer?

Learn more about maritime history and have fun with these at home projects. When you’re done come to the Museum to learn more!

At-Home Projects

Daymark Activity

Lighthouses began as a pile of rocks and then evolved into distinguishable designs, patterns and colors starting in the 1850s. Imagine sailing along a coast with white round lighthouse after white round lighthouse. How would you tell them apart and know where you are? Design your own daymark for the Texas Maritime Museum lighthouse, which is registered as a navigational aid.

Daymark: a daymark is a distinguishable navigational aid. How could you make the TMM lighthouse different from all the other ones in the area?

Daymark Activity Page

Compass Activity: Early Explorers and Navigation

The compass was invented by the Chinese over 1,000 years ago. A magician made the discovery that when a game piece was set on a table, it would always turn to face north. The Chinese thought this was magic. Actually, the game piece was made of lodestone. Lodestone is a natural iron ore which is magnetic.

Every magnet has two poles. One pole is positive, and one is negative. The earth is a giant magnet with two magnetic poles. These are the North and the South Poles. A magnetic compass needle is drawn to the North Pole and will always point north. Once a person knows which direction is north, he or she can find the south, east, and west.

Imagine that you are in the middle of the ocean, and you are looking all around you in every direction and all you can see is water, and it is overcast so you cannot see the sun or the stars at night… How in the world would you know which way to go unless you had a compass to tell you which way is “up”?

Navigation became better the more people explored and invented new ways of figuring out where they were. Eventually a chronometer (sea clock) was invented so explorers were able to determine both latitude and longitude and more accurately navigate, but this was after hundreds of years of exploration by Europeans.

You can make your own magnetic compass by following these directions.

Supplies: paper clip, magnet, foam circle, clay, markers, & container of water

1.       Straighten your paper clip into one line.
2.       Magnetize you paper clip by running a magnet along the paper clip end to end in one direction until it begins to pick up other paper clips.
3.       Place a small piece of clay in center of foam circle and attach your magnetized paper clip.
4.       Place your compass into the water and watch it orient itself. Even if you slowly twist the water container around the compass should continue to point N. Check with real compass. 
5.       Remember which end was facing N, take out of water and use markers to draw a compass rose on foam circle. (N, S, E, W)
6.       Take your compass home.

Did you know Aluminum cannot be magnetized? Aluminum, while metallic (a metal) it cannot be magnetized because it is not a ferrous metal (i.e. a metal made up of tiny magnets).Test it out, try sticking a magnet to a can of coke.