Paul Drum Children's Nautical Education Program

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, in cooperation with Paul Drum, produces the Paul Drum Nautical Education Program for local children ages     7 – 12.  Its mission is to educate children in the safety and enjoyment of our surrounding waters.

Children learn boating safety from Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary members, ecological theories and practices through uniquely designed programs led by educators from Cornell, Riverhead Atlantis, and marine biologists, experience hands on science and art projects, and attend lectures given by valued experts. This program is available, free of charge, and is designed to increase knowledge and enrich the lives of our youth. 

The Program grows with money provided by donations from our global community, generous sponsors, and “fun-raisers” such as the Pirate and Mermaid Breakfast held on Maritime Festival Sunday. 

Stay tuned for 2017 details.  

 The Program will be open to children 7 – 12 years of age. All sessions will be held at East End Seaport Museum. 

Details will be posted here and also available at Floyd Memorial Library. 

Join Us for Paul Drum’s Breakfast Fundraiser: A Mermaid and Pirate Experience

Laugh, dance and chow down with a lovely mermaid or a gnarly pirate! Our Breakfast with Pirates and Mermaids is a fun event with all proceeds going to the Paul Drum Nautical Education Fund.


East End Seaport Museum & Sound Waters Youth Program

During the summers of 2014 and 2015, the 80’ schooner SoundWaters arrived in Greenport Harbor manned with a crew of marine educators.  50 children experienced a 3 hour morning of sailing, learning to heave lines, raising sails, singing sea chanteys, and working together.  As part the SoundWaters’ educational program, supported in part by the Long Island Sound Study, the children sampled and tested water quality, analyzed groundwater filtration and examined the rich diversity of life that exists beneath the waves.  After seine-hauling the waters, the nets were raised and the collected animals were placed into touch-tanks.  There they were examined and explained under the watchful eyes of the on- board teachers and were released back to the sea. 

Photos from the SoundWaters program: