A Day in the Life of the Hudson River
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Watch a clip about the "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River" Program on DEC TV.
On one day each autumn, thousands of students from New York City to Troy participate in the annual "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River" event. Students collect scientific information to create snapshots of the river at dozens of locations, then share their data using Web-based technology so they can better understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem. Sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and produced with assistance from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Day in the Life coincides with National Estuaries Day and World Water Monitoring Day.
At each location, teams of students and environmental educators use seine nets and lab equipment to investigate aquatic life, water chemistry and quality, tides and weather. Many groups also collect core samples of river bottom mud for analysis.
Participants' findings contribute to ongoing research projects, and data from the event is incorporated into the lesson plans developed by the Hudson River Estuary Program and available to all teachers in the Hudson Valley.
Where possible, Estuary Program staff facilitate partnerships between participating classes and local environmental education organizations for Day in the Life. Training workshops, online lesson plans, specialized equipment, ten years of data, and other resources are provided.
For more information about this fall's Day in the Life as well as access to ten years of past data, visual aids and contact information, please visit the Official Day in the Life of the Hudson web site using Links Leaving DEC's Website on the right side of this page.
A Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary 2012
The tenth annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River in 2012 was a huge success! More than 3,500 participants sampled the estuary at nearly 70 locations! Thanks to the students who shared their findings, Estuary Program staff were able to create the following place-based, data-driven curriculum resources for classroom use:
- 2012 Day in the Life Almanac (PDF, 458 KB) provides observations by students, teachers, and environmental educators on their Day in the Life experience
- Fish Worksheet - Student Version (PDF, 100 KB)
- Fish Worksheet - Teacher Version (PDF, 105 KB)
- Salinity Worksheet - Student Version (PDF, 125 KB)
- Salinity Worksheet - Teacher Version (PDF, 126 KB)
Download the Media Advisory for A Day in the Life of the Hudson River 2012 (PDF) (85 kB) for a list of participating schools, partner organizations and sites, or see the text below.
A Day in the Life of the Hudson River Celebrates Ten Years of Exploring the Estuary
- What: Three thousand students and teachers, many from your area, engaging in hands-on science exploration of the Hudson River. The Press is invited to attend.
- When: Thursday, October 4, 2012. Most sites run during school hours - a few after school.
- Where: Seventy waterfront locations between NYC and Troy (see schedule below for a selection of locations and schedules)
- Why: A primary goal of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is to connect New Yorkers to nature. DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program helps prepare students to become stewards of the river's water quality and natural resources. The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
On Thursday, October 4, environmental education centers and school classes all along the tidal estuary will collect scientific information and share it to portray the ecosystem on this "Day in the Life of the Hudson River." Students will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish and invertebrates in nets, track the river's tides and currents, and examine water chemistry parameters. Beyond just a field trip, a "Day in the Life" allows students to collect firsthand information about their communities' natural resources, and explore how their piece of the river fits into the larger ecosystem.
Sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, the "Day in the Life" event is in its tenth year. Some 3,000 students and educators will be sampling the estuary's waters at more than 70 sites from New York Harbor to the Capital District.
In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and Cornell's NYS Water Resource Institute, the Estuary Program has recruited and trained river educators to work with students at each site. Findings will be posted online within days of the event.
"This is a great example of the kind of project enabled by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund" said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
The anticipated participation in this year's event will bring the total number of students, educators, and volunteers involved to more than 20,000 since 2003. Armed with seine nets and minnow pots, they've caught over 16,000 fish of 53 species, ranging from the abundant Atlantic silverside (3,891 over nine years) to the odd summer flounder, white sucker, and spotted hake, each caught only once. The striped bass has been one of the species caught at the most sites, from Manhattan's saltwater piers to Columbia County's freshwater shore. Once in decline coast-wide, stripers have rebounded to a prosperous recreational fishery thanks in part to DEC efforts.
Students examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river with a wide range of equipment and contraptions, like a home-made sediment corer assembled from local hardware supplies. High-tech refractometers and simple plastic hydrometers can both be used to measure salinity and find the "salt front" where freshwater runoff and salty seawater meet. In a dry year like 2007, the salt front had pushed its way to Poughkeepsie, while last year the rains of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee flushed the saltwater all the way down to Croton Point.
This year, the Day in the Life event is expanding beyond the Hudson. In addition to sites on the waterways of New York Harbor, there are also pilot sites on the Mohawk River and the south shore of Long Island. "It all links together" says Estuary Program Coordinator Fran Dunwell. "Students get to see firsthand how fish diversity relates to what's going on in their local waterway, that upriver communities connect to downriver ones, and that the watershed and the coast are part of a shared system."
For more detailed information on the event, visit the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html .
Participating classes continue to represent the full diversity of the region's school population, from urban to rural settings. A list of confirmed sites for October 4th is below. "RM" refers to River Miles up the river as measured from the Battery at Manhattan. "NY Hbr" refers to New York Harbor, "ER" is East River, "BR" is Bronx River, "HRL" is Harlem River, and "MHK" is the Mohawk.
For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, and to schedule visits to a site, please email or call Chris Bowser, event coordinator, (845-264-5041; firstname.lastname@example.org).
|School||Time at Site|
|NY Hbr||Brighton Beach||NYSDEC||Poly Prep Country Day School||9-2|
|NY Hbr||Gerritsen Creek||Urban Park Rangers||Brooklyn School of Inquiry||9:45-11:30|
|NY Hbr||Canarsie Pier||NYSDEC||International HS at Prospect Heights, Robert Van Wyck MS||10-1
|NY Hbr||Ft. Wadsworth||National Parks Service||St. Clare's School||9:30-1:30|
|NY Hbr||Governor's Island||New York Harbor School||10:30-12|
|NY Hbr||Valentino Pier, Red Hook||NY NJ Baykeeper||PS 230||10-1|
|ER||South Street Seaport||South Street Seaport Museum||Andries Hudde Junior High School (IS 240)||10:30-1:30|
|ER||Brooklyn -Manhattan Bridge NYC||Lower East Side Ecology Center||MS 225 Ella Baker School||10-12|
|ER||Brooklyn -Manhattan Bridge
|Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy||The Brooklyn Waldorf Group||9:30-2|
|ER||Gantry Plaza||New York City DEP||Baruch College Campus HS, PS 78Q||9:30-2|
|HRL||Swindler Cove||New York Restoration Project||PS 5, PS 152||9AM|
|HRL||Sherman Creek||Friends of Sherman Creek||MS 319||3:30-5|
|HRL||Ward's Island||Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory||The Young Women's Leadership School||11-1:30|
|BrR||Concrete Plant||Bronx River Alliance||Bronx Charter School for Excellence||9-3|
|2||Hudson River Park's Pier 40||River Project||Trevor Day School||10-12|
|3||Hudson River Park's Pier 45||NYC DEP||PS 78Q, Baruch College Campus HS||9:30-2|
|3||Hudson River Park's Pier 45||NYC Soil and Water Conservation District, New York University||PS 3, Citizen Science Teams||9-2|
|4||Hudson River Park's Pier 84||Hudson River Park Trust||The Eagle Academy for Young Men||9:30-1|
|4.2||Intrepid||Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum||Amistad Dual Language School||10:15-1|
|5||Hudson River Park's Pier 95||Hudson River Park||Midtown West School||9AM start|
|6||79th Street Boat Basin||Hudson River Sloop Clearwater||Collegiate School, UN International School||9-12
|10||Ft. Washington Park||Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory||The School at Columbia University||10-1|
|14||Inwood Park||Urban Park Rangers||Am Park Neighborhood School||10:45-11:45|
|17||Mt St Vincent College||College of Mount Saint Vincent||Frederick Douglass Academy, Palisades Prep in Yonkers||8:30-2|
|18||Yonkers waterfront||Science Barge, Groundwork Yonkers||Fox Meadow ES||9:30-2|
|18||Habirshaw Park, Yonkers||Beczak Environmental Center||Saunders HS, Riverdale Country School||9:45-1:15|
|19||Alpine||Palisades Interstate Park Service||Alpine ES||9-11|
|23||Hasting's MacEachron Waterfront Park||Hastings HS||10-2:15|
|25W||Piermont Pier, Piermont||Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory||Pearl River HS, Tappan Zee HS, Clarkstown South HS||8:15-1:30|
|25E||Mathiessen Park, Irvington||Irvington MS, Irvington HS||9:15-1 (MS)
|28||Memorial Park, Nyack||Nyack HS||9:30-1:30|
|28||Upper Nyack Waterfront||US EPA||Upper Nyack ES||9:30-11:30|
|31||Nyack Beach - lower||Strawtown Art Studio||Blue Rock School||10-2|
|31.5||Nyack Beach steps||Nyack MS||8:30-12|
|35W||Bowline Park, Haverstraw||Nanuet HS||8:30-1|
|35E||Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson||Westchester County Parks||Pierre van Cortlandt MS, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES||10:15-1:30|
|40||Riverfront Green, Peekskill||Constitution Marsh||Walter Panas HS||8:30-10|
|41||Steamboat Dock, Verplanck||Mahopac High School||10-12|
|53||Garrison Landing||Hudson Highlands Land Trust||Garrison Union Free School||8:30|
|55||Little Stony Point, Cold Spring||Hudson Highlands Land Trust||Haldane HS, Haldane MS||8:30-12:30|
|57||Cornwall Landing||Bear Mountain State Park, PIP||Willow Ave. School||9:15-2:30|
|58||Plum Point Park||Orange County Community College||8-11|
|Museum of Hudson Highlands||Bishop Dunn Memorial School||8-3|
|60E||Denning's Point||Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Gayhead ES||10-1|
|61W||Newburgh||Storm King HS||1-3|
|61E||Long Dock Park||Scenic Hudson||South Avenue ES, JV Forrestal ES||9:15-2:30|
|61.1||Beacon Riverfront Park||Valley Central MS||9-1:30|
|76||Waryas Park, Poughkeespie||Poughkeepsie Day School|
|76||Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie||Mid-Hudson Children's Museum||Sheafe Road ES||9:30-1|
|78||Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie||Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYSDEC||Krieger ES||8:30-1:30|
|79||Marist College Waterfront||Oakwood Friends School|
|85||Norrie Point Environmental Center||NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve||Poughkeepsie HS||9-1:30|
|87||Esopus Meadows, Ulster Park||Clearwater||Anna Devine ES||9:30-1:30|
|90||George Freer Park, Port Ewen||Rondout Valley HS||8:30-1:45|
|92||Kingston Point||Forsyth Nature Center, Minnewaska State Park||J. Watson Bailey MS||9-1:30|
|97||Ulster Landing Park, Kingston||Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Kingston HS||8:30-1:30|
|103||Saugerties Lighthouse||Woodstock Day School||10-2|
|105||Lasher Memorial Park, Germantown||Columbia Land Conservancy||Hudson HS||9-1:30|
|115||Cohotate Preserve, Greene Co.||Cornell Cooperative Extension||Coxsackie-Athens HS, Cairo-Durham MS||8:30-1|
|118||Hudson Waterfront Park||Cary IES||Chatham HS||8:30-1|
|123||Coxsackie Riverfront Park||NYSDEC||Albany Academy for Girls||9-9:30 start|
|127||Stuyvesant Landing, Stuyvesant||Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District||Alternative Learning Center||3-5|
|133||Schodack Island State Park||Children's Museum of Science and Tech.||Carol Hill School||9:30-1|
|138||Henry Hudson Park, Bethlehem||College of Saint Rose||Delaware Community School||9:30-12|
|144||Rensselaer Boat Launch||NYSDEC, HRECOS||Tech Valley HS||10-11:15|
|145||Corning Preserve||NYSDEC||Montessori Magnet School||9AM start|
|152||Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet||North Colonie CSD||9:30-12:30|
|153||Green Island||Robert C Parker School||9:30-11:30|
|MHK||Peebles Island||NYSDEC||Doane Stuart School||9-12|