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 2017 Conference Wrap-Up

Here's a quick glipse at April 2017's Teaching With Small Boats Conference at St. Michael's, MD. Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who presented, as well as Jamestown Distributers and Chesapeake Light Craft for sponsoring. We also can't thank enough the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for hosting a great conference!


Conference Statistics

  • 150+ Total Attendees
  • 43,553 Adults Served by Attendees
  • 19,633 Youths Served by Attendees
  • 414 Organizational Staff
  • 2,663 Organizations Volunteers
  • $38,409,100 Total Organizational Budget


Explore the newly updated Learning Center to view presentations, workshops, hands-on exercises and more from the 2017 conference.

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2019 TWSBA National Conference Information

Dates: October 10th - 12th, 2019

Location: Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York

Themes of the conference:

  • To build on the results of the regional gatherings held throughout the year. 
  • To continue building cooperation and collaboration between TWSBA organiations.



Explore the newly updated Learning Center to view presentations, workshops, hands-on exercises and more from the 2017 conference.


Conference Information

The Teaching With Small Boats Alliance holds a biennial conference to bring together maritime educators and programs that strive to create a more maritime-based education standard. The goals of the conference are to facilitate collaboration, encourage idea sharing, identify and share best practices and projects, and strengthen connections between organizations and individuals.


Past Conferences

  • 2010 at the Alexandria Seaport in Alexandria, VAconf 4
  • 2012 at the Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach on Camano Island in Washington State
  • 2013 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT
  • 2015 at Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA
  • 2017 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD


Conference Activities

Conferences span three days and include workshops, panel discussions and hands-on experiences, as well as free time to strengthen new connections and catch up with old friends.

Workshops: Workshops provide an opportunity for successful organizations and programs to share what they've learned.  At the 2013 conference, workshops included Connecting to the Common Core Standards, Planning Your New Program, and The Role of Social Workers and Counselors.

Panel Discussions: Panel Discussions are interactive discussions on a range of topics like Fundraising Strategies That Work, Leadership, and Indigenous Programs.

Hands-On Experiences: Hands-On Experiences provide opportunities to get on the waterfront and try new things, like how to use steam to bend wood, using foil boats toteach displacement and volume calculations, and integrating tools and technology into programs.