Hudson River Park’s River Project hosts free and low-cost environmental education programs for school groups, summer camps, and the general public, using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom. Students can also have the opportunity to visit native fish at the River Project Wetlab, a marine science field station that features a 3,500-gallon flow-through aquarium system that supplies brackish water pumped from the Hudson River Estuary into a collection of fish tanks hosting native species.
You can sign up here to receive updates about the Park’s education and science programming. You can also learn more about the Hudson River using our free environmental education lessons, including the STEM Activity of the Week, on our Educator Resource page.
Fish in the Hudson River? You bet! More than 200 species of fish are found in the Hudson River and its tributaries. Fish Ecology introduces students to life in the Hudson River through a home brackish water density experiment, a live fish trap survey and more. Plus, teachers will receive a Program Resource Packet featuring printable worksheets, activities and resources.
biology, ecosystems, animals, adaptation, conservation
Investigate the impacts of climate change on our atmosphere and shorelines in Climate & Our Coast. Students will develop solutions to the effects of climate change by analyzing the delicate balance of the carbon cycle and engineering models of sea-level rise adaptations.
earth's systems, weather and climate, climate, sustainability, design thinking
Discover the plants and animals of Pier 26’s transitional landscape. Hudson River Park’s ecologically themed pier provides the ideal stage to teach students about coastal habitat zones. From the woodland forest in the east, to the rocky tidal zone in the west, students will learn about the native plants, migratory birds, and mollusks and crustaceans that thrive in this environment.
science, biology, ecosystems, earth's systems, conservation
Just one drop of Hudson River water holds multitudes of drifting plants and animals called plankton. Students learn why plankton are vital to the Estuary ecosystem through interactive microscope activities.
science, biology, ecosystems, adaptation, conservation
All around the world, people are faced with conflicts of environmental justice and are affected by social, economic, and political influence.This lesson introduces students to the concept of environmental justice and civic engagement with an interactive role-play activity. Students will learn to communicate with one another to devise an equitable plan for the sake of all stakeholders involved and consider the range of environmental impacts that community level decisions can have.
Please note that there is required student prep work to be lead by teachers prior to this program. Be sure to factor in extra time when booking. Thank you!
government & civics, city planning, my community, social justice, speaking & listening
Discover the importance of restoring historic eastern oyster populations in the Hudson River Estuary and how these beneficial bivalves support biodiversity in local waterways. Students assume the role of field scientists as they examine how to collect data from living oysters and their environmental conditions.
science, biology, ecosystems, conservation, sustainability
Explore current sources of water pollution in NYC, including plastics, and our connection to the health of local waterways. Students will observe the inner workings of a combined sewer system, conduct a rapid plastics survey and discuss ways to support conservation.
science, earth's systems, conservation, sustainability