Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

Preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all.

$13,620 raised from 138 donors

$10,000 goal

Support the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's education mission and the work of The Tall Ship of Delaware! We are committed to delivering innovative educational programs for students of all ages through school, community, and public programs. Your gift will support:
  • Field Trips on our ship and shore:  With a focus on experiential learning, we offer unforgettable in-person and virtual programs to meet the needs of our constituents. Our programs are offered throughout the Delaware Valley, with a special focus on schools and programs for underserved children and youth. Students explore the history of Delaware, the science of sailing, teamwork, the life of a 17th century sailor, and more.
  • Classroom Programs: We bring our education team and materials to classrooms throughout the Delaware Valley both in-person and virtually. Program topics include economic lessons about trade, choice, and scarcity, as well as the history of the maritime Underground Railroad in our region.
  • Community Programs: Each year, we provide educational programs to local youth organizations and host major community events on our site at little or no cost thanks to important sponsor and donor funding.
  • Ship Maintenance Fund: Our well-maintained ship has an annual maintenance plan to manage the wood structure and carvings, rigging, sails, mechanical systems, safety equipment, and much more. With a wooden ship, there are also projects that become apparent each winter including repairing our foremast this year. A gift of any amount will help us prepare for the new sailing season!

About Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

Mission: Preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all.

Launched in 1997, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit volunteer-based educational organization that reaches more than 30,000 people in a typical year. It built, owns, and operates Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware, and the Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Maritime Center located on Wilmington's East 7th Street Peninsula. Today’s Kalmar Nyckel, serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform that offers people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based educational and recreational experiences.


Kalmar Nyckel was the Swedish naval ship that voyaged to the New World in 1638 to launch the colony of New Sweden, establishing the  first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. Our maritime center is located just 200 yards from the original 1638 landing site at “The Rocks” in Wilmington, DE.

Adventure awaits! Today's Kalmar Nyckel offers day, evening, and pirate sails, plus private parties, and educational programs onboard or dockside from April through October each sailing season.
The Copeland Maritime Center offers a year-round riverfront venue for experiential learning and educational field trips as well as private rentals for business and social events. Self-guided and private group tours of our exhibits are available (with advanced planning during the pandemic).

The organization also serves as a catalyst for social and economic development and outreach in and beyond the state of Delaware.