Bayshore Discovery Project

2800 High Street (Bivalve)

Port Norris, NJ 08349

(856) 785-2060

Formerly known as the Delaware Bay Schooner Project, the Bayshore Discovery Project (BDP) forwards the mission of protecting the enivironment, history and culture of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation and example.

The main vehicles for BDP’s work include the schooner A.J. Meerwald and the Delaware Bay Museum.

Schooner A.J. Meerwald New Jersey’s Official Tall Ship, the 115′ historic schooner A.J. Meerwald is the centerpiece of Bayshore Discovery Project’s programs.

From April through November, this beautiful ship offers a busy calendar of Public Sails, exploring the natural resources of the Delaware Estuary and the coastal waters of New Jersey. Special Events, including dinners, concerts, holiday celebrations, educational sails, and other family activities, are available throughout the season. A typical trip lasts 2½ hours. During the summer months Schooner Day Camp offers a unique opportunity for youngsters to experience the sailing life.

The Meerwald is also available for charter, and what a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, or other special time!

School and other youth groups can participate in an exciting Education Sail that feature a selection of three Education Stations onboard. Choose from

  • Water Quality
  • Petroleum in the Estuary
  • Oystering in the Delaware Bay
  • Plankton
  • Wetlands
  • An Experiment in Seeing
  • And a Customized Program

Shore-based programs and other activities available at Meerwald’s home port, Bivalve, include

  • Wetlands Walk
  • Maritime Industry Tour
  • Schooner Visit
  • Other Hands-On Activities

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