Tahoe Maritime Center-Museum & Gardens is dedicated to educating youth and adults through interactive experiences both on and off the Center grounds. The Center offers a variety of educational opportunities including school field trips,  in-class presentations,  a lecture series, and other adult and children’s courses. The development of these programs has been guided by the interests of classroom teachers, state curriculum standards and existing local educational offerings. The programs have also been consistently evaluated through teacher and participant feedback forms.

If you wish to sign yourself or a group up for one of these opportunities, or if you have any questions concerning our programs here at TMC please contact us at 530.583.9283 ext. 103.

Education and After School Programs

Preschool Storytime: Ships, Sails & Nautical Tales

Every other Friday, beginning March 10th

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. (for ages 3-5)

Preschool-age children enjoy maritime-themed stories and a rotating craft. No registration required. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Field Trips

The Tahoe Maritime Center prides itself on providing interactive, educational and fun field trips for visiting school or youth groups. Since the opening of the Museum in 2008 more than 1000 students have visited. During a normal visit, students are welcomed to the Center with a 5-10 minute introduction and then participate in 3 or 4 interactive and fun activity stations. These stations can be fit to the needs of the class or based on the exhibit in place.

Family and Adult Programs

Stand-Up Wooden Paddleboard Building Course

Build a Kaholo Paddleboard in a week!

Sign up today!  Space is limited to 10 boards.  Minimum of 3 participants.

Dates:  Sunday, September 24th – Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Location:  Granlibakken, 725 Granlibakken Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Class time:  Approximately 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily; some variation day to day.

What to bring: Water bottle, work clothes, and a willingness to learn and work together.

The Tahoe Maritime Center Wooden Paddleboard Building Course will commence this September, 2017.  The course will use Chesapeake Light Craft paddleboards, which are built from marine plywood using a stitch and glue method.  TMC is honored to have Larry Froley, from Gray Whale Paddle in California and Kaholo paddleboard co-designer, as our instructor for this course.

Please register by August 31th, 2017 to secure your place and allow time for material shipping.  Once registration is full, we will start a waitlist.  To register, please email our educator at Danielle@tahoemaritime.org.

Participants will choose from either the 12’6” board (better for smaller paddlers), or the 14’ board (better for larger paddlers).  We can help you pick the right board for you.  These boards are great for touring or even racing, as they each fit in common race categories.

Paddler Skill Level >> Novice Intermediate/Advanced
Kaholo 14 120-200 lbs up to 230 lbs
Kaholo 12-6 80-150 lbs up to 190 lbs

Kaholo 14:

14’0″ Length
4-5/8″ Thickness
29-1/2″ Width at the rail
27-1/2″ Width at the hull chine
32 pounds

Kaholo 12-6:

12’6″ Length
4-1/2″ Thickness
29-3/4″ Width at the rail
28″ Width at the hull chine
29 pounds


Student tuition (members): $660
Student tuition (non-members): $760
Each additional student: $200
Materials (choose one):
Kaholo 14’0″ $985
Kaholo 12’-6” $949

More information or to register:  Call Danielle Rynning at 530-583-9283 x103 or email Danielle@tahoemaritime.orgIncludes: All supplies for the board and instruction to board completion.  Final resin coats and finishing will be completed at home.

Other information:  Must be at least 12 years old to participate; attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Boating Safely Course

Presented by the Tahoe Maritime Center and USCG Flotilla 113-11-03

Dates: June 17th and July 8th
Hours: 8:30 AM  –  3:00 PM
Duration: 6.5 hours
Location: Tahoe Maritime Center 401 West Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

To Register: Danielle Rynning danielle@tahoemaritime.org (530) 583-9283 x103

Course Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for kids 12 and under

Bring: A sack lunch/snacks, water and a willingness to learn

If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the in classroom (seminar) version of our popular online boating course. This class will satisfy the new CA requirements for the Boater Safety Cards.

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.


Introduction to Fly Fishing

Date:   July 15th, 2017
Hours:   9:00 AM  –  11:30 AM/12:00 PM
Instructor:   Daniel Ring, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
Location:   Tahoe Maritime Center 401 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Contact:   Danielle Rynning danielle@tahoemaritime.org (530) 583-9283 x103
Course Cost: $50.00 per person

A dry-land introduction to the sport

This adventure consists of 3-4 hours of instruction on fly fishing. Daniel Ring, fly fishing guide and instructor, will teach the basics of the fly cast, as well as the proper techniques needed to catch a trophy trout on a fly. He will explain the different types of equipment needed for fly fishing, fly fishing specific knots, reading water and selecting the proper flies. And, most importantly, he will teach the skills of proper catch and release techniques. There will be plenty of time for all questions and answers. All of the necessary equipment needed for this class will be supplied. However, please be prepared with proper clothing for a day in the outdoors. This is the perfect adventure for those who have not fly fished before, or those who have little experience. The fee is $50 per person. Minimum of 2 people.  To register or for more information, contact Danielle at Danielle@tahoemaritime.org, or at 530.583.9283 x103.

Lecture Series

Lecture Series

The Center’s Lecture Series brings a wide range of experts to TMC to give talks on various topics concerning Lake Tahoe and maritime history. Past speakers have included Scott Cassell of the Undersea Voyager Progect, Bill Briner and Bill Lindemann of the Olympic Heritage Museum, and classic boat historian Brian Robinson. Tahoe Maritime’s Summer Lecture Series talks begin June 12th, take place every other Monday at 5:00 p.m. and are FREE and open to the public. To see a list of upcoming talks, see the event schedule.

To sign-up for or receive more information on any Education Program, contact us at 530.583.9283 ext. 100 or information@tahoemaritime.org.

**Further information on times and dates of these programs will be posted under each program above; as well as our events page once they have been set.

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