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Teaching About the Hudson River Estuary

The Hudson River Estuary education staff have been adjusting to these challenging times and want to continue to connect with you and your students with the river. During the next few month, we will be providing students and teachers with online and virtual learning opportunities. Please visit the webpage The Virtual River for Students, Teachers, and Families.
Seining and Cohotate Preserve
A group of students seine off the beach at Cohotate Preserve

Hudson River Estuary Education Programs

We provide a variety of free education programs to school groups, families, teachers, communities, and the general public. Programs are centered around the ecology and environment of the Hudson River.

Teachers/Educators | Community Members | Students and Youth

Teachers and Educators

Explore Hudson River programs and materials to use with your students and expand your expertise.

  • Hudson River Lesson plans are a collection of curricula, activities, and other resources to support hands-on investigations of the Hudson River.

  • Professional Development Workshops - Our programs and workshops help educators implement placed based learning to their students and staff. For more information email hrteach@dec.ny.gov.

  • Classroom Programs - Experience the Hudson River in your classroom - our programs engage students through active, inquiry-driven lessons tailored to the needs of your students. For more information email mailto:hrteach@dec.ny.gov.
    Project WET activity book
    The cover of the Project WET youth activity booklet.
    Visit the Project WET webpage to order.
  • Posters and Activity Booklets - Free materials provided to Hudson Valley teachers, communities, organizations, and individuals. For more information email hrteach@dec.ny.gov.

  • A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor - On one day each fall school groups explore sites along the Hudson River and New York Harbor. They test water quality, catch fish, and record environmental parameters to get a snapshot of estuary-wide conditions.

  • Hudson River Background Information - Students, educators, and teachers looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding about the Hudson can make use of our free online resources.

  • Field Education Programs -Free outdoor environmental education programs at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve for middle school, high school, and college groups.

  • Education Grants - The Hudson River Estuary Program provides financial support to local organizations for projects with shared goals.

  • Distance Learning/Virtual Classroom - Video chat with an estuary educator to bring science to your classroom.

  • Key Understandings for K-12 Study of the Hudson River - ten essentials for understanding the estuary.

Community Members

Get involved in Hudson River stewardship, recreation, and education opportunities in your community.

  • Hudson River Eel Project - Calling all citizen scientists! Helps volunteers collect important data on eels in streams from New York City to Troy.

    Hudson Estuary Jigsaw Puzzle
    The program's 21-foot puzzle depicts
    the Hudson River Estuary in its entirety.
  • The Great Hudson River Fish Count - Join scientists to discover the diverse and fascinating creatures hidden below the river's surface.

  • Volunteer Opportunities - How can you get involved in environmental stewardship in your community? Keep a fishing diary, help amphibians cross roads, count eels, and plant trees along streams.

  • Public Canoe Visits - Join us on a free guided public canoe trip; explore a marsh and see the many birds, plants, and other life that call them home. All equipment provided.

  • Hudson River Almanac - Subscribe to this weekly email to read natural history notes from all over the Hudson River area. What birds are out? What fish are being caught? Is there ice on the river? Are there seals or whales in the Hudson?

  • I FISH NY - Learn how to fish and enjoy the many opportunities to go fishing in your area. All equipment provided, no license needed.

Students and Youth:

Fun, fascinating, and free ways to explore the Hudson


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