Microscopic Hudson (Pier 57)


Take a peek through a microscope and observe some of the Estuary’s smallest organisms. This program occurs in the Pier 57 Discovery Tank, a climate-controlled indoor space.

Program Objectives:
• Students will be able to define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
• Students will be able to define plankton and identify the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton
• Students will learn how to operate microscopes to view microscopic organisms
• Students will identify plankton's role in the Hudson River food web

Program Activities:
• Watershed geography and brackish water experiment
• Plankton 101
• Plankton Under the Microscope

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Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park’s River Project hosts a series of free and low-cost environmental education programs for organized groups using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom. Our field trip programs connect students with the River and Park through fun, enriching STEM activities that inspire each student’s inner scientist. Explore unique educational spaces throughout the Park: experience interactive games at the Discovery Tank at Pier 57, meet native marine species at the Pier 40 Wetlab aquarium, discover the unique shoreline of Pier 26, explore fascinating tide pools and a lush salt marsh at Gansevoort Peninsula and more!

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Science, Biology, Ecosystems, Conservation


30 students


90 min.


Field Trip


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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