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A Day in the Life of the Hudson River

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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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.

Students holding a blue crab
Students at the Hudson River

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, eleven years of data, and other resources are provided.

This year we are holding Day in the Life Trainings, field-based workshops that cover protocols, equipment, and event logistics. For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact Rebecca Houser at rebecca.houser@dec.ny.gov. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • August 20th, Wednesday - Hudson River Park Pier 84, Midtown West, W. 44th St., New York, NY
  • September 13th, Saturday - Norrie Point Environmental Center, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg, NY
  • September 27th, Saturday - Hudson River Park Pier 84, Midtown West, W. 44th St., New York, NY

For more information about this fall's Day in the Life as well as access to eleven 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 2013

The eleventh annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River in 2013 was a huge success! More than 3,300 participants sampled the estuary at nearly 60 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:

Download the Media Advisory for A Day in the Life of the Hudson River 2013 (PDF) (58 KB) for a list of participating schools, partner organizations and sites.