At GulfQuest, you'll find a treasure chest of educational programs, workshops and events that expand on the maritime principles, traditions and history of the Gulf of Mexico.
Programs provide unique hands-on learning experiences for those interested in exploring maritime science, history and culture. There is something for everyone!
For school groups, youth organizations and homeschoolers, GulfQuest offers field trips, overnight camp-ins and special events.
For individuals and families, GulfQuest provides programs on weekends and holidays and during the summer.
For educators, workshops will incorporate hands-on learning techniques for use in the classroom.
GulfQuest’s mission is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the Gulf Coast’s rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs and activities. Through our education programs, we hope to raise awareness of the Gulf's significance and inspire youth to pursue educational opportunities and careers in maritime research and industries that are vital to the Gulf Coast.
BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES
We "batten down the hatches" to prepare for trouble. Hatches are openings in a ship's deck, through which cargo is loaded. Hatch covers were covered with canvas and heavy wooden strips called "battens" to prevent flooding during a storm.