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: Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Most sites run during school hours or after school.
Where: More than 60 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.
On Tuesday, October 18, 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 in nets, collect water and invertebrate samples, 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 ninth year. Some 3,000 students and educators will be sampling the estuary’s waters at more than 60 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.
Students examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river, such as where freshwater runoff and salty seawater meet, and the amount of sediments in the water, features particularly important this year in the wake of tropical storms Irene and Lee. Students will likely observe unique features, such as increased turbidity, even weeks after the storms. “Studying the Hudson is like reading a report card for the whole watershed,” notes Estuary Program Coordinator Fran Dunwell. “Students are learning about conditions in communities throughout the valley.”
Students at some sites strap on waders and pull nets called “seines” through the water, excited to know more about fish and other aquatic life. They may catch Hudson regulars like spottail shiners and the iconic striped bass, but sometimes real oddities appear, like the bizarre oyster toadfish or a brilliant crevalle jack.
New this year, the event organizers have provided free workshops for teachers on how to apply Day in the Life in the classroom before and after the big day, and using real time-data resources such as the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System in classrooms. Data from all reporting sites will be posted on-line within about a week of the event, along with classroom lessons that directly reference student-collected data, so that teachers can bring the event back to school.
For more detailed information on the event and history of 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 18this 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, and “HRL” is Harlem River.
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).
Day in the Life of the Hudson River,
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
|RM||River Site||Partner Organization||School||Time at Site|
|NY Hbr||Brighton Beach||NYSDEC||International HS at Lafayette||10:15-2:30|
|NY Hbr||Gerritsen Creek||Urban Park Rangers||Brooklyn School of Inquiry||9:30-11:45|
|NY Hbr||Canarsie Pier||NYSDEC||Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School||10-12|
|NY Hbr||Ft. Wadsworth||National Parks Service||St. Clare’s School||9:30-1|
|NY Hbr||Governor’s Island||New York Harbor School||1-2:30|
|NY Hbr||Valentino Pier, Red Hook||NY NJ Baykeeper||PS 230||9:45-1|
|ER||Brooklyn -Manhattan Bridge NYC||Lower East Side Ecology Center||MS 225 Ella Baker School||9-1|
|ER||East River State Park, Williamsburg||Human Impacts Institute||Brooklyn Academy of Science & the Environment/Prospect Park Alliance||1-3|
|ER||Gantry Plaza||NYCDEP||Baruch HS||9-12|
|HRL||Swindler Cove||New York Restoration Project||Amistad Dual Language School, Booker T Washington, PS 5||8:30-10:45, 12-2:15|
|2||Hudson River Park’s Pier 40||River Project||Trevor Day School||10-12|
|3||Hudson River Park’s Pier 45||New York University, NYC Soil and Water Conservation District||MS 131, PS 3||9-2:30|
|4||Hudson River Park’s Pier 84||Hudson River Park||The School at Columbia||10-2|
|4.1||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||9-11 AM|
|10||George Washington Bridge 180th St||Thurgood Marshall Academy||9:30-1:30|
|Englewood, NJ||Meadowlands Environmental Center||West New York School,Dwight-Englewood School||9-1|
|14||Inwood Park||Urban Park Rangers||The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem||10-2|
|14||Inwood Park||Urban Park Rangers||Marble Hill School for International Studies||9:30-12|
|17||Mt St Vincent College||College of Mount Saint Vincent||Frederick Douglass Academy||10:30-2|
|18||Science Barge||Groundwork Hudson Valley||Fox Meadow Elementary School||10 -1|
|18||Habirshaw Park, Yonkers||Beczak Environmental Center||Saunders HS||9-1|
|19||Alpine||Alpine Park, NJ PIP||Alpine School||9-1:30|
|23||Hasting’s MacEachron Waterfront Park||Hastings HS||10:15-2|
|25W||Piermont Pier, Piermont||Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Fort Montgomery State Park||Pearl River HS, Clarkstown South HS, Tappan Zee HS||8:30-2|
|25E||Mathiessen Park, Irvington||Irvington ES||9:30-12|
|28||Memorial Park, Nyack||Nyack HS||9:30-1:30|
|30.5W||Summit Beach||US EPA||Upper Nyack ES||9-11|
|30.5E||Kingsland Point Park||Sleepy Hollow HS||9-12:30|
|31||Nyack Beach||Strawtown Art Studio||Blue Rock School||10-2|
|31||Nyack Beach steps||Nyack MS||8:30-12|
|32||Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining||Ossining HS||8:30-12:30|
|35||Bowline Park, Haverstraw||Nanuet HS||8:30-1|
|36||Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson||Westchester County Parks||Pierre van Cortlandt MS,Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES||8:45-2:15|
|40||Riverfront Green, Peekskill||Walter Panas HS||10:15-12|
|41||Steamboat Dock, Verplanck||Teatown Lake Reservation||Mahopac High School||10-12|
|53||Garrison Landing||Constitution Marsh Audubon, Hudson Highlands Land Trust||Garrison Union Free School||8:30-|
|55||Little Stony Point, Cold Spring||Hudson Highlands Land Trust||Haldane HS||8:30-12:30|
|57||Cornwall Landing||Bear Mountain State Park||Willow Ave. School||9:15-2:30|
|60W||Kowawese, New Windsor||Museum of Hudson Highlands||Bishop Dunn Memorial School||8:30-1:45|
|60E||Denning’s Point||Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries||Rombout MS||9:15-12:30|
|61 E||Newburgh||Storm King High School||1-3|
|61W||Long Dock, Beacon||Scenic Hudson||South Avenue ES, JV Forrestal ES||9-2:30|
|61.1||Riverfront Park, Beacon||Valley Central MS||9-2|
|76||Waryas Park, Poughkeespie||Arlington HS||8:45-12:30|
|76||Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie||Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum||Sheafe Road ES||9:30-1|
|78||Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie||Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYSDEC||Krieger Elem. School,Gayhead Elem. School||9-1:30|
|85||Norrie Point, Staatsburg||NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve||Van Wyck MS, Poughkeepsie HS||9:15-1:15|
|87||Esopus Meadows||Clearwater||Anna Devine ES||9:30-1:30|
|92||Robert Post Park||Rondout Valley HS||9-1:45|
|92||Kingston Point||Forsythe Nature Center, Minnewaska State Park||Bailey MS||8:30-1:45|
|97||Ulster Landing Park, Kingston||Cary IES||Kingston HS||9-1:30|
|103||Saugerties Light House||Woodstock Day School||10-3|
|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||9-1|
|118||Hudson Waterfront Park||Cary IES||Chatham HS||9-1|
|123||Coxsackie Riverfront Park||NYSDEC||Albany Academy for Girls||9-1:30|
|127||Stuyvesant Landing, Stuyvesant||Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District||Alternative Learning Center||3-5|
|133||Schodack Island State Park||Childrens Museum of Science and Tech.||Doane Stuart School||9:30-1:30|
|138||Henry Hudson Park, Bethlehem||College of Saint Rose||Delaware Community School||11:15-1|
|144||Rensselaer Boat Launch||NYSDEC, HRECOS||Tech Valley HS||9-11|
|153||Green Island||NYSDEC, HRECOS||Robert C Parker School||9:30-11:30|
|153||Corning Preserve||NYSDEC||Montessori Magnet School||9:30-1:30|
|Lock 5||Riverside Park, Schuylerville||Cornell Cooperative Extension, HBRW||4H Home SchoolThe Adirondack School||9-12|