Travel with us to the nation’s third-oldest city, Portsmouth, New Hampshire! This charming town sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River which divides New Hampshire and Maine. Settled in 1623, Portsmouth served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800s when rail travel did in the shipping industry. John Paul Jones’ ship The Ranger was built in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which lies across the river in Maine) was established in 1899 as the country’s first Naval Shipyard.
The geographic location, historic past and rich culture of Portsmouth regularly lands it on various ‘best places to live’ lists.
Among other sites, while in Portsmouth students will visit the Strawbery Banke Museum, an historic waterfront museum featuring homes and exhibits from three centuries. Students will also go back in time to learn about the city’s history through a scavenger hunt designed for their grade level, combining learning with an adventurous spirit.
This Journey to Boston will be balanced with meaningful service projects with established community partners to be designed based on learning outcomes.
The Strawbery Banke is unique among outdoor history museums in presenting a complete neighborhood’s evolution over 300+ years, with most of the 37 historic buildings on their original foundations. These structures link visitors to the people who lived on the Portsmouth waterfront from 1695 to 1954. Customed roleplayers and traidtional craftspeople recreate the lives, concerns and challenges of families in the community, basing their interpretations on diaries, letters, historical records, archaeology and collected artifacts.
The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit organization located within historic 135-acre Odiome Point State Park, on the rocky coast of the Gulf of Maine. Kids will take part in fun, hands-on learning about the habitats and creatures of the New Hampshire coast.
John Paul Jones, colonial America’s first sea warrior, was a tenant of the Widow Purcell in 1781 while he supervised the building of the Navy’s ship America nearby. Though he loved Portsmouth, he left New Hampshire in 1782 never to return. His house is now the museum of the Portsmouth men, women and children, where their stories live.
Middle School Students
High School Students
*This includes all accommodations, food, work project materials and programming.
For 200 years, Gather has been serving Seacoast residents facing hunger. The agency was founded in 1816 by a small group of women committed to feeding the families of fishermen. Today, Gather is committed to ending local hunger through collaboration and leadership.
Gather serves those in the Portsmouth and surrounding communities experiencing hunger by providing nutritious food through innovative distribution programs and their Pantry Market. They offer nutrition education and recipes for healthy living. This partnership is a super way to serve others.
Every Thursday at noon, people from all across the Seacoast come to the Common Table for a nutritious meal served in a joyous atmosphere . Housed at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Portsmouth, but a separately funded and community run activity, the Common Table began in 2001 and has fed approximately 80,000 children and adults over the last thirteen years. Our teams enjoy serving in many ways, all customized for the group.
The Strawbery Banke is unique among outdoor history museums in presenting a complete neighborhood’s evolution over 300+ years, with most of the 37 historic buildings on their original foundations. These structures link visitors to the people who lived on the Portsmouth waterfront from 1695 to 1954. Customed roleplayers and traidtional craftspeople recreate the lives, concerns and challenges of families in the community, basing their interpretations on diaries, letters, historical records, archaeology and collected artifacts. It’s a super place to serve and preserve history as a team!
Hotel, cabins with kitchens, or Bunk-style Lodging
Round trip transportation is provided from your school
Warm Coat (depending on time of year)
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Packing list before departure
4:00pm – Team Meeting
6:00pm – Dinner, review of Journey
* Schedule is created based on the size of your Journey and the type of Journey.
* All journeys and schedules are customized based on the location and type of Journey.
8:00am – Breakfast, team overview
9:00am – depart for local Serve Location/project
12:30pm – break for lunch on the harbor
1:00pm – continue on local Serve projects, or split into teams
4:30pm – head back to base hotel/camp
6:00pm – Team dinner and relax time
7:30 – evening cruise, sunset or local event
Day 4 will depend on the Journey. Typically we will have a Historic Great Race (similar to a scavenger hunt), and also break into teams to go on the Port City Bike Tours. Often we take teams out on boats in the harbor, of for a sunset cruise! On this day you will adventure as a team, which can include a visit to the local science center, hiking, boating, etc.
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