Grant to Fund Trips to Maritime Museum

A $10,000 grant will allow more schools to participate in the Maritime Museum's elementary education outreach programs by providing buses for museum field trips.

The grant from the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation is geared toward fourth-graders. Martin Smith is a local developer who built the Oxnard Tower and was a force behind developing the harbor and much of the surrounding area.

The foundation has previously given money for field trips to the museum. The trips allow underprivileged schools to provide an educational experience for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity, said Mark Bacin, the museum's executive director.

The money will also enable library staff members and volunteers to expand programs and complete two new outreach programs for junior and senior high school students, Bacin added.

The nonprofit Maritime Museum interprets maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.

The museum is at 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in Fisherman's Wharf at Channel Islands Harbor. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays. For more information, call 984-6260.

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