Create a Vision. Share the Passion. Start a Journey.
King Harbor Boating Foundation was formed in late 2012 by members of King Harbor Yacht Club to organize and assist with two large community events - the annual Sea Fair and Holiday Boat parade. We also wanted education to become a huge part of the organization’s future. Our first year was a busy one as we began defining ourselves within the harbor community, building our brand and establishing our 501(c)3 status.
In 2014 we laid the foundation for our educational programs. We created the vision along with our core values, identified educational partners and reviewed curriculum. Sailing and stand up paddle board (SUP) exploration were our first classes. As we worked with our initial students, just a dozen in the beginning, our focus began to shift from a recreational water experience to one more rich in education and conservation. We embraced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and marine sciences emerging as an educational organization. We adopted US Sailing’s REACH curriculum and created our current STEM Sailing class. We sought out experienced local educators to help guide our marine education efforts and began utilizing naturalists as teachers for what has become our popular Marine Science Exploration SUP class.
We experienced tremendous growth in 2015 and our board felt that we needed to re-brand ourselves to reflect the realities of our educational activities. We established our dba Waterfront Education and #WEgoH2O. We started working with homeschool families and served 125 students. We became a vendor for 5 charter schools offering several types of Ocean Science enrichment programs. One of our highlights for the year was when the boat decorated by the Marine Engineering and Innovation class won the coveted “Sweepstakes” trophy for best overall Holiday Boat Parade entry. In addition, our entry was able to include non-boat owning community members who had not been able to participate out on the water in the past.
Today we continue to expand our classes and the diversity of the students that we serve. In 2016 our primary goal is to establish a solid scholarship program and extend our educational reach beyond our local beach community. We are partnering with the Los Angeles Chapter of Girls Inc. to bring East LA students to the ocean on a regular basis. In addition, we are growing our volunteer “social” group to assist with fundraising efforts and to help with our events. Our recent open house was a huge success with over 200 attendees. Many of the families were experiencing being out on the ocean for the first time. This year promises to be one of continued growth and expansion.