After School STEAM

Star Wars Day did not go unnoticed here at The WFC. The fourth… or force was definitely with our afterschool STEAM program students. For fun, they took a look at a diagram of Jabba the Hutt’s repulsorlift luxury sail barge. According to its specs, the Ubrikkian Industrian’s ship could reach speeds of ...

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A Three-Day Excursion

“Wow, this rock is so smooth.” I turned towards the teenager who was admiring the surface a rock she picked up from the marsh. The other students gathered around picking up rocks from the same area. “Wait–all of these rocks are smooth,” replied another student. The group looked at me for insight on this discovery ...

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Animal Spotlight – June

A few weeks ago we were fortunate to find a Northern Diamondback Terrapin turtle hatchling on the Beekman Beach. The Diamondback turtles is the only turtle that inhabits coastal marshes with brackish water (mix of salt and fresh water) for their entire life. The northern diamondback is a medium-sized turtle that varies in length from ...

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Welcome to the Team!

Michelle Slater, the WFC’s new STEAM Coordinator, comes to us from the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, CT where she worked as an educator and handled myriad creatures from snakes to owls. Her previous employment includes STEM education and program planning at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition, she worked as a ...

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Spring Sailing

Here at the WFC, we don’t wait until summer for marine science and sailing fun. With year-round marine education programs and three season sailing programs, we’re always working to engage youth in the marine environment, no matter the season. This year, the WFC is pleased to offer even more ways to get outside and ...

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Animal Spotlight – May

Everyone looks for the first harbingers of spring after a long winter. Most folks think of crocuses or the first Robin, but there is another early arrival – one that enters our local streams toward the end of February or early March each year. The Alewife, or River Herring (Alosa pseudoharengus), spends most of its ...

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New Christeen Sails for 2016

Public sails on Christeen, a historic national landmark, allow groups of up to 24 people the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, delight in a beautiful view, learn something new about the Bay, and leave their cares ashore. Sunset Sails, Harbor Tours, and Marine Discovery Sails, as well as private charters have delighted about 3,000 ...

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Job Opportunities: Join The WFC Team!

WFC is looking for new team members for the 2016 Season! WFC is a fast-paced, fun working environment. Our mission is to provide access to the marine environment for all.
We’re hiring:
Sailing Instructors
Naturalists
Customer Service Representatives
Front Desk Manager
Dock Staff


Sailing Instructors
WFC is seeking talented, enthusiastic instructors, ...

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WFC Hosts Annual Gooseneck Challenge

Hundreds of junior sailors, ages 8 to 15 compete at various regattas across Long Island Sound in hopes of securing a finish position strong enough to qualify for the JSA LIS Optimist Championship. For sailors who do not qualify, there is an “alternate” championship. Several years ago, the WFC adopted this event and ran it ...

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WFC Sailors Support Make-A-Wish Foundation

WFC 420 and Opti sailors participated in the 14th Annual Junior Regatta to support Make-A-Wish Metro New York, hosted by Port Washington Yacht Club (PWYC) on Saturday, Aug 1. This event is held each year to raise awareness and funding for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to support the granting of “wishes” for sick children. While in ...

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WFC Supports SUNY Maritime

Drive down any street in a coastal community and even before you smell the salt water or notice sea gulls circling overhead, the boats in the driveways and side yards let you know residents are connected to the nearby waters. Thanks to the generosity of the Waterfront Center donating four Sonars and a trailer to ...

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Animal Spotlight – Black Sea Bass

Black sea bass (Centroprostos striata) inhabit Atlantic coastal waters from the Gulf of Maine to the Florida Keys, concentrating in the area between Cape Cod and Cape Canaveral. Two distinct stocks exist with overlapping ranges. The northern stock migrates seasonally and spawns off of New England in the late summer.
A temperate reef fish, ...

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Cups of the Deep

What happens to objects exposed to extreme pressure? In December, 72 of Mr. Donato’s STEAM students from St. Dominic Elementary conducted an experiment to answer this question. The WaterFront Center and SEA (Sea Education Association) of Woods Hole, MA partnered to provide students an opportunity to conduct an experiment in the North Atlantic ...

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A Week in Review: 8/10 – 8/16

It was a busy weekend here at The WFC. Sailing 101s, Family Sails, Discover Sails, Private Lessons, and Checkout Sails filled the weekend with smiles, laughs, learning, and an all around great time. Here are some reactions to sailing lessons this weekend:
“My husband and I did Sailing 101 and our instructor Alicia was amazing. ...

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Sailor of the Week: Ryan

Sailor of the Week: Ryan
Author: Jackie Falino
Ryan Feldman, a Junior Summer sailor in Opti Intermediate, has been attending WFC sailing programs for the past four years. Starting off as a Bay Buccaneer, Ryan worked his way up through Sound Swash and Opti Basic. As a junior sailor in Opti Intermediate, Ryan’s all time ...

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Sailor of the Week: Alex!

Sailor of the Week: Alex
Author: Jackie Falino
As a Lil Luffer, the idea of learning how to sail is brand new and can be scary at times. Some skills may be a little challenging at first; however, Alex Dircks has risen above the challenges he has faced, and that is why he has been ...

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Sailor of the Week: Brenna

Sailor of the Week: Brenna
Author: Jackie Falino
Brenna, an 8 year old sailor from Sound Swashbucklers was chosen as one of the winners for Sailor of the Week. As a second year Sound Swash sailor, Brenna has had many fun experiences. When asked about her favorite part of being a Sound Swash sailor, Brenna ...

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Wash Away the Sunday Blues

There’s no need to be bummed out that it’s Sunday. There are plenty of good times to be had during the week! Weekends are busy anyway, so it’s better to spread out the fun throughout the week. We’re open for rentals and courses all seven days. Check out these five options of ways to spice up ...

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Opti Race Team

Opti Race Team
Author: Jackie Falino
As a sailor in Opti Race, you have the opportunity to represent The WaterFront Center by participating in different regattas. Last week, the WFC sent sailors to the Douglaston Regatta. For the week proceeding, the Opti Race sailors diligently prepared. Each morning, they met with their sailing coach who ...

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A Week in Review…Junior Summer: Session 3, Week 1

A Week in Review…Junior Summer: Session 3, Week 1
Bay Buccaneers
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, ...

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Thank you, Carlee!

After 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 ...

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Sailor of the Week: Thomas

Thomas 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 ...

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Naturalist of the Week: Ella

Ella 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 ...

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Emma is Sailor of the Week!

Title: 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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Three Years and Counting

This year marks the third year the WaterFront Center has participated in the New York horseshoe crab monitoring survey. Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program has been working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop and organize this project to collect spawning data and tag certain horseshoe crabs, helping scientists to ...

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My Harbor Tour Aboard the Christeen

My Harbor Tour Aboard the Christeen
By Christina Scheblein
Because the Christeen is such an extraordinary vessel, I was really looking forward to my Harbor Tour. A Harbor Tour is a two-hour public sailing excursion on the historic floating landmark, the Christeen. To sail from Oyster Bay Harbor to Lloyd Neck and get one-of-a kind ...

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Ten Things You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer..

It’s hard to believe that it’s already August! Don’t let this summer slip away without taking a trip to The WaterFront Center. We may only be located in a small brick building, but we have a lot to offer.
 

WhatSUP: Every Saturday from 10:00-11:00am, we offer an introductory stand up paddleboard class. It’s ...

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My Marine Education Sail Experience (MES) on the Christeen

My Marine Education Sail Experience (MES) on the Christeen
Learning about marine life, history, and all things slimy.
By Christina Scheblein
As the launch boat took me out to the Christeen, I admired the scenery surrounding West Harbor and I wondered what exactly a Marine Education Sail would entail. The group chartering the boat were ...

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Naturalist of the Week 7/13 – 7/17

Author: Jackie Falino
This week The WaterFront Center educators elected 6 ½ year old Bay Buccaneer Jocelyn Frein as “Naturalist of the Week.” Jocelyn’s   Bay Buc instructor stated, “Jocelyn is always polite and nice to her fellow Bay Bucs. She is always smiling and excited for all the activities we have planned.” Jocelyn is a ...

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A Day in Opti Intermediate

A Day in Opti Intermediate
Author: Jackie Falino
As junior summer sailors in Opti Intermediate, program participants are already familiar with the rigging and de-rigging process of their Optimist. They partake in activities that will advance their skill level when it comes to reading wind direction and maneuvering their boats while in different points of sail.
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Bobby the Bay Duck

Bobby the Bay Duck
by Jackie Falino
As Bay Bucs, children have the opportunity to learn firsthand about our local wildlife and sea life. The children are introduced to the actual creature they are learning about either by trips to our touch tanks or by taking nature walks along the beach.
This past Monday, the ...

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Naturalist of the Week: Roman

Naturalist of the Week: 7/6-7/10 
There is the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and there is that special time each week during our Junior Summer Program that we elect our “Naturalist of the Week!”
“Hooray!” everyone cheered as Roman Shirodkar was handed his “Naturalist of the Week” award. After much hard work and dedication, Roman, ...

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Rent a kayak or Paddleboard and see West Harbor like never before!

Author: Christina Scheblein
The WaterFront Center located in scenic Oyster Bay, Long Island is a US Sailing accredited school that also takes pride in specializing in kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals.
Because our kayak and paddleboard rentals are self-guided, you get to determine your course and how long you would like to be ...

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Begin your sailing journey with “Learn to Sail-Basic”

Author: Christina Scheblein
“Learn to Sail-Basic” is a comprehensive learning experience that teaches you the fundamentals of sailing. Whether you are a novice sailor who wants to learn how to properly maneuver a sailboat or if you want to brush up on the skills that you haven’t used in a while, our Learn to Sail-Basic ...

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Scientific Skippers

Scientific Skippers
Author: Jackie Falino
Today, The WFC Skippers went on a hunt for oysters at Beekman Beach. As Skippers, the students get the opportunity to learn about our neighborhood wildlife for half the day and enjoy sailing for the other half of the day. Luckily, Oyster Bay Harbor is home to tons of oysters ...

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St. Dominics Year in Review

Last fall, 7th and 8th grade students from St. Dominic Elementary began exploring topics relating to the quality, health and motion of the element which covers 72% of the Earth’s surface, water. From their floating laboratories (Sonars), students conducted water quality tests measuring dissolved oxygen content, temperature, salinity, specific gravity, turbidity, PH, nitrates and nitrites. ...

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A STEAM Success

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 ...

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New Ways to Sail in 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- ...

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Walden Day Comes to WFC

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 ...

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Picking up STEAM

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 ...

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AquaTots is Back!

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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WFC Awarded STEAM Grant

In 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 ...

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Sailors for the Sea Presentation

SPECIAL 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.
The ...

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