Hudson River Park 40.7292° N -74.0113° W

Description

Hudson River Park's River Project is in the process of determining our availability for programs next season. 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.

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

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Fish Ecology (Virtual - 2022)

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, animals, adaptation, conservation

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

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Plankton Microscopy (Virtual - 2022)

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, adaptation, conservation

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

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Pollution Solutions (Virtual - 2022)

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.

-Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
-Students will identify basic elements of NYC’s waste water treatment process
-Students will identify ways in which they can reduce water pollution
-Students will define plastics and their impact on the environment

Subjects Covered

science, earth's systems, conservation, sustainability

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

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Community Conversations (Virtual - 2022)

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
40 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Digital Resource

Internship

Virtual Field Trip

School Based Program