Hudson River Park 40.7292° N -74.0113° W

Description

Summer Camp at Hudson River Park is now available for booking!

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.

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.

Info

Pier 40, 353 West Street
New York, NY 10014

212-627-2020

education@hrpt.ny.gov

Sun
6: am - 1: am
Mon
6: am - 1: am
Tues
6: am - 1: am
Wed
6: am - 1: am
Thur
6: am - 1: am
Fri
6: am - 1: am
Sat
6: am - 1: am

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Subjects
Science, Ecosystems, Adaptation, Climate, Conservation, Government & Civics, City Planning, My Community, Social Justice, Speaking & Listening, Biology, Animals, Earth's Systems, The Water Cycle, Engineering, Sustainability, Design Thinking, Weather And Climate, Measurement & Data, Water Testing, Life Sciences, History, Colonial Times, Geography, Cultural Connections, Technology, 18th Century, Chemistry, Physics, Botany
Activities
Field Trip, Digital Resource, Internship, Virtual Field Trip, School Based Program, Professional Development
Grades
Adult, 9, 10, 11, 12, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, K, Postsecondary, Preschool
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Community Conversations (Pier 40 Wetlab)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will identify at least one environmental impact of climate change
-Students will learn how to organize their thoughts and communicate to a group
-Students will discuss solutions to a local environmental concern that support and protect all stakeholders

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!

Subjects Covered

government & civics, city planning, my community, social justice, speaking & listening

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Plankton Microscopy (Pier 40 Wetlab)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will define plankton and identify the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton
-Students will learn how microscopes are used to view microscopic organisms
-Students will identify plankton’s role in the Hudson River food web

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, technology, conservation

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Fish Ecology (Pier 40 Wetlab)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will identify native Hudson River fish species
-Students will define salinity and density as it pertains to local water bodies
-Students will learn how a fish ecology survey is conducted
-Students will apply their experiences to define ways they can contribute to the health of the Hudson River and its wildlife

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, animals, conservation

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Climate & Our Coast (Pier 84 Classroom)

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.

Grades 9–12
Program Objectives:
Students will define weather and climate
Students will explore global and local impacts of climate change
Students will create a model that engineers solutions to protect shorelines from sea level rise
Students will discuss the carbon cycle, its impacts on our ecosystem and reducing their own carbon footprints

Subjects Covered

science, adaptation, climate, conservation

Grades
9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Community Conversations (Pier 84 Classroom)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will identify at least one environmental impact of climate change
-Students will learn how to organize their thoughts and communicate to a group
-Students will discuss solutions to a local environmental concern that support and protect all stakeholders

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!

Subjects Covered

government & civics, city planning, my community, social justice, speaking & listening

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Plankton Microscopy (Pier 84 Classroom)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will define plankton and identify the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton
-Students will learn how microscopes are used to view microscopic organisms
-Students will identify plankton’s role in the Hudson River food web

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, animals

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Pollution Solutions (Pier 84 Classroom)

Learn how wastewater is treated in NYC and discuss the impacts of pollution to the health of our waterways. In Pollution Solutions, students will explore ways to conserve water and improve water quality while designing and testing a water filtering system. For a list of learning objectives by grade level, please visit our website! Please Email education@hrpt.ny.gov with any questions.

Subjects Covered

engineering, the water cycle, conservation, sustainability, design thinking, city planning

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Fish Ecology (Pier 84 Classroom)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will identify native Hudson River fish species
-Students will define salinity and density as it pertains to local water bodies
-Students will learn how a fish ecology survey is conducted
-Students will apply their experiences to define ways they can contribute to the health of the Hudson River and its wildlife

Subjects Covered

biology, ecosystems, weather and climate, animals, conservation, sustainability

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, k, postsecondary, preschool
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Shoreline Ecology at Pier 26

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.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, earth's systems, conservation

Grades
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Garden Adventures (Pier 66 Habitat Garden)

Come explore Hudson River Park's Habitat Garden, a green space with a rich diversity of native trees and plants. In Garden Adventures, students investigate the ecosystem services that the Park's land-based plants provide to its many inhabitants. For a list of learning objectives by grade level, please visit our website! Please Email education@hrpt.ny.gov with any questions.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, animals, botany, conservation

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Fish Ecology (Pier 63)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will identify native Hudson River fish species
-Students will define salinity and density as it pertains to local water bodies
-Students will learn how a fish ecology survey is conducted
-Students will apply their experiences to define ways they can contribute to the health of the Hudson River and its wildlife

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, animals, conservation

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Custom Program

For groups that have scheduled a custom program with the River Project team.

Subjects Covered

science

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, k, postsecondary
Capacity
100 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Special Event - Tide Deck Tour

Custom tide deck tour program for partner groups

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems

Grades
adult
Capacity
100 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Digital Resource

Internship

Virtual Field Trip

School Based Program