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; chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us).

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
40 Verplanck Clearwater Peekskill MS 10-2
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

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