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Hudson River Workshops

Exploring the Estuary

Teachers learning about Hudson River tidesAs the defining geographical feature of much of eastern New York State, the Hudson offers compelling opportunities for place-based interdisciplinary teaching aligned with state learning standards. Staff from DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River Research Reserve offer customized workshops in three formats:

Estuary Essentials workshops introduce the basics - geography, tides, salinity, habitats, and significant fauna and flora - through activities and lessons that use these topics to reinforce reading, math, science and other academic skills.

Teachers measure water clarityHudson River Field Trip trainings bring teachers to the river to test the water, collect and identify river life, and measure tides and currents. These are offered mainly in summer and early fall in advance of a Day in the Life of the Hudson River, an annual event that draws thousands of students to 60 river sites from New York City to Albany. Each class gathers information about its site and shares it with others to build understanding of the entire system.

Virtual River Visits trainings use the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) to bring the estuary into the classroom. Engage students with technology using this network of sensors from New York City to Albany; it checks the river's vital signs every 15 minutes and posts the information to the internet. Students can call up graphs of data on tides, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and weather. These graphs bring to life often abstract phenomena - showing water levels rising and falling with the tides, or oxygen levels increasing as photosynthesis works its magic, for example.

For additional information on Hudson River workshops, contact Steve Stanne at 845-256-3077 or email hrteach@dec.ny.gov.


More about Hudson River Workshops:

  • Sample HRECOS Graph - This HRECOS graph shows daily peaks in dissolved oxygen concentrations caused by photosynthesis in the Hudson River at Norrie Point.