Learn About Life on Water
The Port of Beaumont's goal is to have a maritime resource available to students at every level of education. With help from the Southeast Texas Waterway Advisory Council, we have accomplished that goal.
We encourage daycares, homeschoolers, and teachers to download the Port Coloring Book to introduce young scholars to this interesting and important concept. If you would like hard copies of the book, please call 409-835-5367.
The Port of Beaumont is a partner in education with Charlton Pollard Elementary School, located in Beaumont, Texas. As part of this effort, the Port team works to improve literacy rates through participation in the Reach Out and Read program and recently created an Advanced Reading incentive with the goal of improving reading levels year over year.
Port presentations can be given upon request and are available to educators to include in their curriculum.
High School Education
2021 marks the start of one of the Beaumont Independent School District's newest programs -- Maritime. Maritime was recently designated as a regional pathway and the district has taken full advantage of it. A curriculum was recently developed and will be offered to high school juniors and seniors at the Beaumont Early College High School.
For additional information, please contact Cathrine Westerkamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea Scout Ship 1916
Ship 1916 is a local Sea Scout group chartered by the Port of Beaumont. This maritime-centric branch of the BSA is open to male and female students ages 14-20.
Shipmates earn certifications that will help them easily transition into a career in maritime upon graduation. Current shipmates are PADI certified, have earned marksmanship credentials, and more.
The Port of Beaumont sponsors any youth interested in participating in Sea Scouts and facilitates opportunities to work with industry professionals.
Lamar State College Orange
Lamar State College Orange offers the only Maritime Program in the region. Certificates offered include the Ordinary Seaman (OS) Certificate I, OS Certificate II, OS Certificate III, Maritime Continuing Education (non-credit), and Marine Engine Repair Continuing Education.
In 16 weeks, and for less than $2,000, a student can start a lucrative career in the maritime industry as a deckhand, which has entry level salary of $46,000 per year.
Lamar University- CAPM
The Center for Advances in Port Management is dedicated to preparing port and marine terminal industry leaders for 21st century challenges and opportunities. The Center supports the port industry by offering advanced and continuing education opportunities, conducting industry- relevant research, and through involvement in the community.
Lamar University and the Port of Beaumont work closely on the development of industry-specific workshops that are offered to maritime stakeholders, and community members, at no cost.
Port of Beaumont tours, at this time, must be sponsored by a group. Group tours, for up to twelve attendees, must be arranged at least two weeks prior to the event. To schedule a tour for your group, please call 409-299-4268.
Tour participants must have a valid photo ID to enter the facility.
Port tours are available to individuals 18 and older.
Port tours last 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the theme (economic development, historical, project-specific, etc.)
For additional information, please call Port of Beaumont Outreach Coordinator Takilwa Roberts at 409-299-4268.
The Port of Beaumont proudly sponsors the Big Thicket Association’s Ivory Bill Neches River Adventures, which provides educational boat tours to students and community members, teaching guests about the unique ecosystems along the Neches River.
The area is home to more than 200 tree species, 47 mammals, 300 birds and many reptiles and amphibians. In 2019, 82 tours were given to more than 2,000 members of the community. This partnership allows the Port to team up with the Big Thicket Association to inform and educate in a way that gives residents the tools they need to be ambassadors for the Neches River and Southeast Texas.