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
- April 16th, 2015In 2012, US Sailing launched “Reach”, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
and education initiative to inspire schools and sailing programs to utilize sailing as an educational platform. The WaterFront Center (WFC) of Oyster Bay has been offering sailing and marine science programs since its inception in 2001. WFC began implementing Reach curriculum when ...
- April 6th, 2015SPECIAL EVENT THIS FRIDAY
APRIL 10th at 3pm
Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. We are a movement and pragmatic voice for action that offers boaters tangible opportunities to create a legacy and make a difference.
- December 15th, 2014Margaret Reddington – Program Director
Mainsheets are not for beds. Blocks are not for building towers. Cleats are not for soccer. There’s no need to be afraid that all of our sailboats have shackles. When I accepted my position as Program Director at the WaterFront Center, I was sure I would learn many new things–as ...
- December 15th, 2014Alicia Martorella – Sailing Director
In the spring newsletter we highlighted what was new for the 2014 sailing season and we’re pleased to reflect on those new programs in the light of success. While most WFC programs are divided into adult and junior categories, we launched Family Sailing as a way to bring generations together ...
- December 8th, 2014Cameron Jenness – Education Director
Working with Friends Academy this fall, the Waterfront Center had the opportunity to create a program that considered the problem of invasive species. Each of the six 9th grade science classes at Friends participated in a three-day program studying the Asian shore crab, one of the ...
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