Alumni Month: Kayla Kraker

Kayla and the S.T.A.T.E. volunteer group are measuring and weighing diamondback terrapin hatchlings that were from a protected nest. Throughout the summer months, during terrapin nesting season, they help to locate the nests by following the egg laying female, take gps coordinates, dig up the sand to ...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands By: MacKenzie McGuckin To wrap up the last week of our Junior Summer Program, a team of 21 volunteers arrived at The WaterFront Center to assist with initial preparations for winterizing our fleet of both sail and power boats. Our Volunteer Week was full of ...

Alumni Month: Dr. Kerri Ackerly

Alumni Instructor Spotlight: Dr. Kerri Ackerly Dr. Kerri Ackerly started at The WaterFront Center in April 2012 while she was completing her MSc in Biology at Adelphi University. Dr. Ackerly’s passion for connecting people with the water has taken her to new shores and new opportunities as ...

Alumni Month: Breann Ross

Alumni Instructor Spotlight: Breann Ross Breann Ross started teaching at The WaterFront Center in the summer of 2012, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology from Adelphi University. Her good friend and lab mate, Kerri Ackerly, was working as an educator/naturalist at the time and introduced her ...

Alumni Month: Morgan McCartan

Alumni Spotlight: Morgan McCartan From the shores of Beekman Beach to the shores of Cayuga Lake, Morgan McCartan is one of the many alumni whose experiences and memories at The WaterFront Center have helped set their course to new opportunities and an ambitious future! How did you ...

Alumni Month: Vittoria Venuti

Alumni Instructor Spotlight: Vittoria Vittoria Venuti is one of the most dedicated instructors at The WaterFront Center, lending a hand wherever she can, on top of her duties as Junior Summer instructor for the Mariners (grades 8 - 12) group. Tori can do everything from teaching a group of early childhood students, to ...

Welcome Aboard John Brendel

Welcome Aboard John Brendel The WaterFront Center has an ever-growing loyal community of sailors, students, instructors and supporters. It is always a special occasion when one of our own alumni grows up and decides to give back to the community that brought them closer to the water. With open arms, we welcome John ...

Fun Monday Staff Night

Summertime Fun at The WaterFront Center By: MacKenzie McGuckin While it may seem like the WaterFront Center is just another summer job, to our staff it is an experience that provides them with the skills and knowledge for all their future endeavors.  Working near the water is not only about marine biology or ...

Set Sail on Another Season of Success

The WaterFront Center Race Team Sets Sail on Another Season of Success By Brent Bomkamp   On June 25th The WaterFront Center Race Teams, consisting of the Opti, 420, and Big Boat racing programs, reconvened at our facility for another summer of fun and racing.  With many returning sailors on each team, WFC ...

A Frog-tab-ulous Day!

A Frog-tab-ulous Day! by Molly Hastings   What did you do today? “The same thing as yesterday.” Said every child to their parent. As a parent myself my hand smacks my forehead for you. From behind the scenes, I’ll tell you about a glimpse in their day at summer camp at the WaterFront Center. We ...

Cleaning Up After The 4th of July

Cleaning  Up After The 4th of July by Natassia Balek   With the 4th of July having just passed and the memory of fireworks still fresh in our mind, we often forget about the kind of pollution these brilliant displays can cause. It is common to find the remnants of these patriotic pyrotechnics ...

Herman’s Mini Adventure

Herman's Mini Adventure by Michelle Hollander It was as if we had stepped into a storybook. One of our hermit crabs decided that his whelk shell just wasn't big enough anymore. He left it in search for another home but didn't find one that was suitable. Herman, as we will call him, seemed ...

The Search for a Manta Ray

 The last of my coursework before completing a Marine Science degree at Stony Brook University was spent studying abroad in the great archipelago of Fiji. Titled Tropical Marine Ecology, the course’s primary focus was on coral reef ecosystems: the corals, their reefs, and the many other organisms that interact within this environment. ...

Creature Feature: Oyster Toad Fish

by Brent Bomkamp Most fish are not known for their vocalizations, but one local marine denizen is among the noisiest fish on Earth. The Oyster Toadfish, common among the rocky reefs and oyster beds of West Harbor, is known for its buzzy, baritone call, reminiscent of a cellphone vibrating on a hard surface. ...

Spotlight: MacKenzie McGuckin

With the arrival of spring come many new additions to the WaterFront Center. Just in the last few weeks, six brand-new 420c racing dinghies arrived from Zim Sailing, and we unboxed fresh spools of line from Landfall Navigation (video on our Instagram). Our redesigned 2018 Program Guide is finally hitting mailboxes, and in ...

Championship of Champions 2017

Championship of Champions 2017 by Brent Bomkamp Between October between October 5th and 8th, The WaterFront Center was pleased to host US Sailing’s race for the Jack Brown Trophy, also known as the Championship of Champions. This unique event is open to any sailors who have won a national, North American, ...

Introducing the MultiGen Dinghy Clinic

Introducing the MultiGen Dinghy Clinic by Brent Bomkap The WaterFront Center is constantly seeking out new experiences that can bring people closer to the water in unique and exciting ways. There has been some interest among our community in bringing our High School Sailing experience to parents and other non-high schoolers intrigued ...

2017 Benefit Regatta

2017 Benefit Regatta Recap By Brent Bomkamp On Friday, September 8th 16 participants boarded six Sonars to enjoy a day of racing in support of sailing and marine education in Oyster Bay at the 2017 Benefit Regatta. Conditions could not have been more favorable, with clear skies and an eight ...

WFC Racing: Team Racing Clinic

WFC Racing: Team Racing Clinic by Brent Bomkamp Sailing in West Harbor is always more fun when you’re racing toward the finish line! WFC Racing is our competitive outlet for sailors to put their skills to the test amongst our welcoming community. While racing can seem intimidating to even very experienced sailors, Tuesday Night ...

Let’s Talk Solar Eclipse!

Let’s Talk Solar Eclipse! by Michelle Hollander The latest hubbub is about a special event occurring on Monday, August 21st.  It’s a total solar eclipse – where the moon passes directly in front of the sun.  While solar eclipses are not necessarily rare (2-5 occur per year), there has not ...

Instructor Spotlight: Stewart!

Instructor Spotlight: Stewart! by Heather Grosso   Where would we be without our sailing instructors? Quality & energetic instructors & teachers make our programs engaging and memorable. They are essential to all we do and we can’t forget to thank our team who provides the knowledge and skills needed to set sail. All ...

Semipalmated Sandpipers

Semipalmated Sandpipers by Brent Bomkamp   As members of the Oyster Bay community, we are fortunate to have one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges on Long Island protecting the waters of West Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, and Oyster Bay Harbor. This preserved area provides shelter for countless marine organisms and the species ...

Our Mission is Your Mission

Our Mission is Your Mission… by Aaron Cuison A golden sunset amongst light gray skies provided a beautiful backdrop to the WaterFront Center’s Annual Benefit on Friday, June 23rd. For 16 years, we have strived to connect people with the water to increase their well-being and foster their appreciation of our beautiful estuary. The ...

Find & Seek WaterFront Style

Find & Seek WaterFront Style by Michelle Hollander   Did you know that our Marine Ecology Lab contains nearly 1,000 gallons of water in fresh and brackish aquarium tanks? In the past, these tanks were only viewed by our marine education program participants. However, they shouldn’t be a hidden secret. We want ...

It’s a STEAM-y Summer!

It’s a STEAM-y Summer! by Michelle Hollander   STEAM is sizzling in the summer heat. We are trying out new activities with our Junior Summer (JS) participants and they have been a blast. Recently, Bay Bucs (1st & 2nd grades) learned about the ever increasing problem of marine pollution and microplastics. Research by ...

ZigZag: Adaptive Sailing

ZigZag: Adaptive Sailing by Heather Grosso The WaterFront Center’s ZigZag program is specifically designed for people of all abilities to experience the joy of sailing. ZigZag has welcomed a variety of individuals & groups to leave their differences ashore & enjoy the freedom of recreational sailing. We’ve recently invited two influential groups in adaptive ...

Find Your Community and #GoSail!

Share your enthusiasm for sailing, strengthen bonds and build lasting memories as you become part of the fastest growing sailing community on Long Island! Break out of your niche as your peers keep you motivated. Develop your skills and push yourself to grow into a better sailor. The adventure never stops when you explore ...

Horseshoe Crab Tagging

Horseshoe Crab Tagging by Cameron Jenness   We are excited to be a part of the New York Horseshoe crab monitoring network for the 2017 tagging season organized by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Since the 1970s, the Horseshoe crab ...

Friends Academy Volunteers

Friends Academy Volunteers by Alicia Martorella Friends Academy School has been a long-standing partner of the WFC. Its students have enjoyed marine science field trips, summer sailing and marine science camp, and several compete on our High School, Summer 420 Race, and Big Boat teams. As a Quaker school, Friends Academy integrates service and ...

Sailing, Fun, & Friendship

Sailing, Fun, & Friendship by Heather Grosso & Brent Bomkamp   This May, the WaterFront Center was pleased to host the 2017 Patent Cup Regatta. Since 1989, patent lawyers from around the globe have been convening at various locations to test their skills on the race course, under the motto of “Sailing, Fun, ...

Unbounded Success

Unbounded Success by Michelle Hollander Seventy-two students from Success Academies arrived at the WaterFront Center early on the morning May 16th to kick-off three days packed with events. Students explored the marine environment through educational sails aboard Christeen, where they conducted water quality tests and trawled the benthic community to see what lives on ...

NCCC Sailing Program

NCCC Sailing Program by Heather Grosso Spring is here and sailing is underway! As many of us eagerly anticipated the Spring sailing season, there is a specific group of young adults who could not wait to get out on the water. The WaterFront Center makes sailing accessible to countless groups of people, including college ...

Harnessing the Wind

Harnessing the Wind by Michelle Slater It’s more than just the wind… St. Dominic’s students are investigating the wind farm that has been proposed off Long Island, roughly 11 nautical miles south of Long Beach. (That is roughly 12.7 standard miles from the coast.) In class, students are learning about the multifaceted components of ...

Mornings with a Side of Science

Mornings with a Side of Science by Aaron Cuison Spring Break is typically regarded as a time to take a break from school. To put a pause on your education and enjoy the changing of the seasons. However, learning never stops; so why not enjoy the view and get your hands dirty while you ...

WFC Hosts Team Race Championships

WFC Hosts Team Race Championships by Alicia Martorella While we’re always bustling with marine education, paddling & cruising around West Harbor, the WaterFront Center hosts several events and regattas throughout the season, as well. The WFC organizes between six and ten regattas for youth and adult novice and championship racers between March and October. ...

Wildlife Spotlight: Ospreys

Wildlife Spotlight: Ospreys by Cameron Jenness If you live on Long Island and are close to the water, look up in the sky you might see an Osprey, Pandion haliaetus. Ospreys are the largest raptor on Long Island next to the Bald Eagle. Ospreys usually build their nests close to water because their main ...

Billions of Oysters

Oysters have always been the centerpiece of marine biology programs at the WFC, because after all, we are on Oyster Bay!  One of our favorite comments to visitors is, “what do you think of the farm?” When they look at us with suspicion, we explain about the oyster reefs in the water beneath us, the ...

Veterans Go Sailing

This season the WaterFront Center partnered with SailAhead, whose mission is to heal wounded veterans through sailing, to create a new program called Veterans on Water, or “VOW.” The program was structured for the participants to obtain their US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. The WFC offered three-hour classes every Friday and Sunday evening for twelve ...

JSA Opti Champs

JSA Optimist Championship Aug 15-16, 2016 JSA Opti Champs. Sure, it may sound like just another regatta. The WFC generally hosts about six to eight regattas a year. But this is the big one – not just in quantities of numbers of competitors and support resources, but in lasting impact on a young ...

Junior Summer Voyages

Childhood is filled with new experiences and opportunities to learn new things. The WFC specializes in these experiences. Our Junior Summer Program is packed with discovery – of sea life, unfamilar habitats, the changing marine environment. There is so much excitement right on the shores of Beekman Beach, the WFC docks and in the southern ...

The Ripple Effect

A gentle breeze blows out of the west… wait… now it’s coming from the south! As the sun sets, a golden hue is sent shimmering over the horizon, and fish are jumping everywhere around us – their splashes indicative of the joy we feel onboard our Sonar. “I always thought sailing was beautiful,” ...

City of Glen Cove Summer Program

This summer we partnered with the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s summer camp to get their campers outside to enjoy what the WaterFront Center has to offer in Oyster Bay. The program was supported by a grant secured by the City of Glen Cove last year from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. ...

Big Cats, Little Cats

For the first time in nearly 100 years, the world’s oldest sporting trophy returned to NY Harbor. The Louis Vuitton World Series New York brought back that big, shiny trophy, the America’s Cup, to local waters. High performance AC45 catamarans flew (literally) up and down the Hudson, amid ferries, powerboats and monohulls of all sizes. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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