Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies (Erie, PA)


  • Name:Ms. Amy Eisenberg
  • Title:Executive Assistant

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies
  • Address:40 Holland Street
    Erie, PA 16507
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:814-456-4077
  • Main fax:814-459-1678

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:814-392-0784
  • Home phone:814-796-3394

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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is "To provide and implement unique, experiential maritime-themed educational, recreational and vocational opportunities for the community in a universally accessible waterfront facility.

    As a not-for-profit community-based organization focused primarily on providing experiental maritime programming for area residents-mostly youth--BCMS provides an assortment of educational programs that support the school's efforts to maximize student achievement and personal development while encouraging them to becme active participants in their own education.
    The BCMS experience is unique: we utilize our challengeing and engaging local maritime environmnet to broaden horizons and build confidence, while reinforcing the important academic and life skills that are crucial to student's success.

  • History:
  • BCMS uses maritime-related experiential learning to engage studetns and focus their attention on self developmnet, both academically and socially. Summer months are spent sailing on Presque Isle Bay on one of the center's sailing vessels. Sailing is an exciting adventure sport and students are taught the importance of working together as a team. Winter months bring the classes indoors where students are engagged in the Boat Shop Experience. More than 12,000 students have worked together at BCMS to build 87 boats since its inception twleve years ago. Projects range from building a basic Six Hour Canoe to the building of a replica of an Erie Boat--a 29-foot, turn-of-the-century sailing and fishing boat indigenous to the region. The Erie Boat is a living, floating museum providing students with a glimpse of the area's rich maritime history and culture.

    Currently BCMS works in partnership with the School District of the City of Erie and another local nonprofit, Sarah Reed Children's Center, to provide the Alternative Education Program for students who learn better in a non-tradional classroom setting. Sixty students attend full time school at BCMS learning not only the traditional curriculum of English, Math, Science and Social Studies but also Mariitme Studies. Maritime Studies creates hands-on, project based learning projects which engage students in creative problem solving and integrates regular subjects in a practical, engaging forum. Often students who struggle with conventional lecutres and note-taking will excel in developing their skills in the boatshop. Kids who have been told that they will never amount to anything realize that when they complete a boat project, that they can and will succeed!

    Students range in age from 15 to 18 years of age and all have been expelled from one of three public high schools in the City of Erie. Erie is plagued by poverty with 1 out of 5 adults and 1 out of 4 children live below the national poverty level. These troubled teens face daily challenges as a result of poverty; violence, drug and alchol addiction, gangs, chronic truancy, lack of parental support, pregnancy and lack of a positive adult role model. Sarah Reed Children's Center provides a teacher and a behavioral counselor for each classroom of twelve students. Small class sizes and a full time Masters Degreed Psychologist insures that each student receives the necessary assistance to improve their social skills and become better students and citizens.

    During the summer months, BCMS expands its programming to include sailing for youth with physical and developmental disabilities. Formed in 2002, the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) creates barrier-free sailing with the use of specially designed boats called Access Dinghies. A volunteer staff of 19 people log over 1,000 volunteer hours a summer to insure that these kids have the same summer experiences that their able-bodied peers enjoy.

    The newest Bayfront Center program is Shipwreck Science. A great field trip for local schools and universities, groups of up to 30 students set sail on a vessel equipped with an ROV and a Side-Scan Sonar to explore one of the many shipwrecks found in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) all come in to play as the shipwrecks are explored and documented.

    BCMS is a US Sailing Certified Sailing School which allows us to offer sailing lessons to adults. Sailing enthusiasts from throughout the tri-state region earn their Basic Keelboat Certification on one of the BCMS sailing vessels. Our summer sailing staff provide years of training and expertise on navigation the local waters.

    For the non-sailor, BCMS offers charters on a Friendship Sloop, Momentum. Up to 12 people can set sail for the day on a US Coast Guard inspected vessel. The center provides a liscenced Captain and crew, the clients can hoist the sail, take a turn at the wheel or simply sit back and enjoy the view.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:25-1812163

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:251812163
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% AMY EISENBERG
  • Organization Address:40 HOLLAND ST
  • Organization City:ERIE
  • Organization State:PA
  • Organization Zip:16507-1562
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B90
  • Asset Amount:$676,150
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$567,472
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$541,034
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:29:03 pm

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