Our Floating Classroom

Community Programs: Youth Learning

The Steamer Virginia V is a National Historic Landmark and learning resource committed to sharing our maritime heritage with the next generation. Students attending onsite programs are immersed in local maritime history through the examination of primary resources and exploration of the ship, and gain hands-on experience with maritime skills from the Virginia V's experienced crew. A variety of youth programs, group field trips, summer camps, and high school internships are available throughout the year to students in grades 2-12.

Field Trip Programs

Bring your class or youth group to the SS VIRGINIA V and immerse your students in Puget Sound's maritime history! Uncover the history of transportation on Puget Sound, explore the science of steam power, and learn the real maritime skills needed to operate a historic steamship. Hands-on guided programs are available for grades 2-5, and groups of all ages can book a brief guided tour or a self-guided exploration of this last surviving vessel of Puget Sound's historic Mosquito Fleet. CLICK HERE


Camps and Classes

The Virginia V offers a variety of fun programs to students throughout the year, including weekend classes, summer camps, and more. Students in elementary and middle school can immerse themselves in maritime history, develop their STEM engineering skills, or try their hand at being a member of the ship's crew as they learn real maritime skills from trained professionals. Many of our programs are offered in partnership with other nearby organizations, so the learning doesn't stop at the hull of the ship and all of Lake Union Park is our playground. CLICK HERE


Summer Internships

Are you a teen interested in maritime history or working in the maritime field? Looking for a fun summer adventure that gets you out from behind a desk and teaches you practical hands-on skills? The C. Keith Birkenfeld youth internship program is a great opportunity for teens to learn the real maritime skills required to maintain and operate the historic SS VIRGINIA V, as well as receive mentorship and job skills preparation in order to pursue a career in the maritime industry. Internships run mid-June through mid-August, and students are paid an hourly wage in exchange for their time. CLICK HERE


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