Explore the world of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum! Go on a virtual “treasure” hunt or learn how to create your own maritime masterpiece!

Click on the images to go to the videos and accompanying documents for these educational experiences

adventures in coloring!

dibujos para colorear!

Join pirates for some adventures in coloring! Color your favorite page and email it to the Museum to be entered into a drawing for some fun pirate treasures!

Get your coloring pages here:Adventures on the High Seas

sea turtle coloring page

dibujo de tortuga marina para colorear

Sea turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines. The seven existing species of sea turtles are the green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, flatback sea turtle, and leatherback sea turtle.

Click here to download the coloring page. 

from our friends at NOAA

de nuestros amigos de NOAA


Created by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Ocean Guardian Activity Book teaches students about the ocean, marine debris, and why it’s important through word searches, games, and coloring pages. You can also sign the Ocean Guardian Pledge to protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it. The activity book is appropriate for children in Grades K-3.

From our friends at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

de nuestros amigos de NOAA’s Oficina de Santuarios Marinos Nacionales

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is located off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California. Download this fun coloring book to discover the sharks and rays of the Channel Islands.

Creating art

creando arte

For Beginning Young Artists

Create a Tropical Fish

creating art

creando arte

For Intermediate Artists

Create an Octopus/Crear un Pulpo

creating art

creando arte


For Intermediate Artists

Draw a Ship

Under the Sea Coloring Pages

Some more coloring fun!

Click here to download the Seahorse coloring page.

Click here to download the Cuttlefish coloring page.

Click here to download an Under the Sea With Dolphins coloring page.


pirate ship coloring page

Shiver me timbers! A pirate ship that is in need of some coloring.

Click here to download the coloring page.

Build a paper fishing cutter model

A fun activity from the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg…

Download the fishing cutter model sheet here.


build a paper viking ship model

Another fun paper model from the International  Maritime Museum in Hamburg!

Download the Viking ship model sheet here.

Drawing Expressive Fish


– White drawing paper

– Black watercolor paint, liquid tempera paint or big black marker

Click here for a step-by-step tutorial!

pirate word search 

Avest ye, young mateys!

Can you find all the pirate words and lingo in these word searches?

Word Search 1

Word Search 2



Create a whale from paper

crear una ballena de papel

Make your own paper whale!

Click here for directions (by the way, the starting paper size is 7′ square).

Knot tying

atando nudos

You already know one knot…the one that you use to tie your shoes! Knot tying was a creative outlet for sailors on long voyages who had many idle hours to fill. Their knot making was very important to life on a ship and they used it to create many necessary items including the hammocks they slept in! Learn more about knot tying from our frineds at NOAA here. You can also go to Animated Knots for some great knot tying videos here.

communicating with flags

A flag is often a way to communicate without saying a word. With this in mind, certain symbols have become known on the water as a particular language used by boaters of all countries. With the use of the International Code of Signals flags, a common language is developed and utilized to ensure a safe boating experience for all involved.

International Code Flags or Signaling Flags

Although you may never see them displayed except at fleet parades, around naval installations, and areas with heavy international shipping traffic, International code flags are used to signal between two ships or between ship and shore. Also called signaling flags, they are a set of flags of different colors, shapes and markings which used singly or in combination have different meanings. The flags include 26 square flags which depict the letters of the alphabet, ten numeral pendants, one answering pendant, and three substituters or repeaters.

All of us can communicate with flags! 

Click here to learn  more and

test your skills with a couple of flag activities here.

You can also make your own paper flags and play code games!