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Nautical Knowledge Ahoy: Exploring Tall Ship Windy’s Educational Programs

Sail tour participants on the deck of Tall Ship Windy

Amidst the gleaming skyscrapers and bustling streets of Chicago, there’s a unique educational opportunity that sails on the waters of Lake Michigan—Tall Ship Windy. Beyond its role as a historic vessel and tourist attraction, Windy serves as a floating classroom, offering immersive educational programs that inspire curiosity and foster a deeper appreciation for maritime history and ecology.


Setting Sail for Learning:

Tall Ship Windy’s educational programs are designed to engage students of all ages in hands-on learning experiences that blend adventure with education. Whether they’re raising the sails, learning about navigation or studying marine ecology, participants are encouraged to actively explore and discover the wonders of the maritime world.


  1. Maritime History Lessons: Step back in time as Windy’s knowledgeable crew shares captivating tales of maritime history. 


  1. Seamanship Skills: Under the guidance of experienced sailors, students learn the ropes—literally. From tying knots to hoisting sails, they acquire practical seamanship skills that instill confidence and teamwork. These hands-on experiences not only teach valuable nautical techniques but also foster a sense of responsibility and cooperation among participants.


  1. Ecological Exploration: Explore Lake Michigan’s intricate ecosystems and learn about the importance of marine conservation.


Charting a Course for the Future:

Tall Ship Windy’s educational programs extend beyond the confines of the classroom, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and exploration. By fostering a deep connection to the maritime world and instilling a sense of stewardship for our oceans and waterways, these programs empower students to become informed and engaged citizens of the world.



As the winds fill the sails of Tall Ship Windy, so too do its educational programs fill the minds of eager learners with knowledge and wonder. From maritime history to marine ecology, Windy offers a voyage of discovery that ignites curiosity and inspires a sense of adventure. So, hoist the sails, set a course for learning and embark on an educational journey like no other aboard Tall Ship Windy. Ahoy, future scholars and sailors—let the adventure begin aboard this Chicago Skyline Cruise!



May 1, 2024