About the WaterFront Center
Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.Learn More About the Waterfront Center
News & Updates
- July 31st, 2015A Week in Review…Junior Summer: Session 3, Week 1
Leeanne & Shannon
Killies, and pipe fish, and sea robins, oh my! On the very first day with the Bay Bucs, we were rewarded with a diverse introduction to the animals of the bay. After catching dozens of silversides, killifish, and mud snails, ...
- July 28th, 2015After working at The WaterFront Center for nine years, Carlee Resh will be moving back to Pennsylvania and away from the WFC Family. We’re excited for the new adventures that await her, but we can’t help be upset that she’ll no longer be gracing us with her presence and sharing her passion of biology with ...
- July 26th, 2015Thomas is Sailor of the Week: July 20th – July 24th
Written by Jackie Falino
Upon his arrival to the Waterfront Center following his overnight Mariners trip, Thomas Coor was welcomed with a nomination of Sailor of the Week. Thomas was happily chosen by his instructors who had many wonderful things to say about him. One of his ...
- July 25th, 2015Ella is Naturalist of the Week: July 20th – July 24th
Written by Jackie Falino
This week, the Soundswash Bucklers nominated Ella O’Heir as Naturalist of the Week. When asked about Ella, her instructors had nothing but positive things to say. They noted, “Ella is always excited to be at The WaterFront Center. She always has ...
- July 24th, 2015Title: Emma is Sailor of the Week!
Author: Jackie Falino
This week The WaterFront Center instructors nominated 12 year old Emma Van Dorn as sailor of the week. Emma, a member of the Opti Race Team, was nominated by her sailing instructor who stated, “Emma is a great kid. She participated in the Douglaston Regatta ...
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