Sailing

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We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.

Education

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We teach people to become active stewards of the marine environment, and to promote community sailing and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay.

Junior Summer

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We offer Junior Summer Programs for children entering 1st through 12th grades. Activities include beach and habitat exploration, fishing, kayaking, sailing, and so much more!

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.
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News & Updates

  • June 27th, 2015
    The last week of May was one of the busiest weeks of 2015 for the WaterFront Center. In four days we had nearly 600 students ranging from Pre-k through High School. We had programs on the beach, in school classrooms, on Sonars, and aboard Christeen. One of the more comprehensive programs to visit us ...
  • June 16th, 2015
    Our program guide is published each winter with fresh pictures and colors, but most importantly, fresh programs. Every year you can expect WFC to offer the community something new. We’re always working towards developing meaningful ways to engage the community in sailing activities and to further our sailors’ skill development.
    In 2014 WFC introduced family- ...
  • June 8th, 2015
    Walden Celebrates Milestone with Annual Day of Service
    “We had great timing for ‘Walden Day’ this year!” beamed Joe Heaney, Principal and founder of Oyster Bay’s own Walden Associates, an environmental engineering firm. Not only did Walden’s employees take part in their annual day of community service (a.k.a. Walden Day), but they were also celebrating ...
  • May 4th, 2015
    STEAM has become more widely used in education and schools locally and nationally on all levels, as schools and districts incorporate or in the process of adopting some of the teaching principals throughout their curriculums.  STEAM has proven itself as a sturdy framework for teaching skills applied in ‘real-world’ practices. The programs we offer are ...
  • April 30th, 2015
    The spring session of AquaTots will be started Thursday, April 30! The first session was a huge success. A group of 2.5-4 year olds participated in age appropriate lessons about polar bears, penguins, walruses, sea stars, clouds, and fish. Each week brought a new and exciting story, craft, and game. However, the highlight of each ...

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