New York Harbor Foundation works to improve the condition of, access to, and awareness about New York Harbor. We are the organization behind the New York Harbor School and the Billion Oyster Project.         



Our vision is to make the New York Harbor port and ecosystem prominent once again in the lives of all New Yorkers. We are working towards an abundant, accessible, biodiverse, clean, well-known, well understood and well-loved Harbor for all New Yorkers, particularly young people.



Billion Oyster Project


The region's largest marine education & restoration initiative

The Billion Oyster Project is the Flagship Initiative of the Harbor Foundation. Our goal is to engage every New Yorker in helping plant one billion live oysters in New York Harbor by 2035. Behind this ambitious vision is the belief that direct engagement and interaction with wild animals and functioning ecosystems has a transformative effect on young people. 




New York Harbor School


The region's premiere marine science & technology high school

The Harbor School is the Foundation's Flagship School. It opened in 2003 through founding partners South Street Seaport Museum, The Urban Assembly and Waterkeeper Alliance. In 2010 Harbor School moved to Governors Island, in the middle of New York Harbor, where it now occupies two renovated Coast Guard buildings. There, students from all five boroughs take both College Prep and Career and Technical Education classes.


Our home

New York Harbor

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Our home is on Governors Island - our work is in New York Harbor

Technically, and according to the EPA, New York Harbor consists of the tidal portions of the rivers that empty into Upper and Lower New York Bay, including the lower Hudson River, the Hackensack, Passaic and Raritan Rivers, Jamaica Bay and western Long Island Sound.

Governors Island, in the middle of the Harbor, is the home of the Harbor School and the Billion Oyster Project, and the ideal laboratory for teaching, training, studying and promoting how to live sustainably in an ultra urban coastal setting.


Our Events

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Every September, hundreds of sailors and supporters come together for a terrific day on the water. While the sailors competed fans enjoyed an afternoon of cocktails, light bites and networking on the water aboard the spectator boat! Directly following the racing, sailors, spectators and supporters headed to Governors Island Beach Club for Dark ‘n Stormies, Fishers Island Oysters, live reggae and specialties from top NYC restaurants at the Regatta Bash on the beach—the ideal way to capture the last bit of summer. +


Held every February at the unparalleled New York Yacht Club, the Harbor School Awards Dinner is an evening of celebration recognizing the extraordinary achievements of New York Harbor School students and honoring industry champions. With proceeds from the event supporting our flagship school, the New York Harbor School, guests enjoy a cocktail reception and seated dinner in one of the most beautiful and historically significant maritime settings in the country. Guests also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with current students and alumni and learn about the extraordinary work they do! +


Each May at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, get treated to the ultimate oyster experience as we celebrate the movement to restore NY Harbor and our local marine environment. Mingle with over 50 oyster farmers who will be shucking and serving their delicacies and enjoy bites from some of NYC’s top restaurants while learning about oyster culture and restoration. Proceeds from the event will support the five program areas of our flagship initiative, Billion Oyster Project. +


Our Board

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Our Board of Directors

The New York Harbor Foundation is a non-profit and as such is managed by a dedicated Board of Directors who all share a passion for improving the condition of, access to and awareness about New York Harbor.