Before the Mast: Overnight


18 hours
Students sign aboard as greenhands for a two year voyage from Boston to Alta California in the 1830s, recreating Richard Henry Dana, Jr.'s experience in his book, Two Years Before the Mast. In this hands on living history program, students are immersed in California history while developing critical thinking, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Students participate in a variety of hands-on activities, including rowing long boats, working the sails, rigging, moving cargo, collecting hides, taking a turn in the bosun's chair, cooking, night watch, singing sea shanties and swabbing the decks. It's an experience not soon forgotten!


Standard Pricing
22 students and 4 chaperones (26 total) Aug to Jan - $2,140 Feb to July - $2,289
Larger Group? Please contact us for pricing and availability.
Educational Standards
English SL 4
SL 5
Lang 4.4
History & Social Science HIST 4.2
Math 4.NF
Music Music 3.0-3.3

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Program Contact

Dan Goldbacher
949-496-2274 x615

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