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

RMRiver SitePartner OrganizationSchoolTime at Site
NY HbrBrighton BeachNYSDECInternational HS at Lafayette10:15-2:30
NY HbrGerritsen CreekUrban Park RangersBrooklyn School of Inquiry9:30-11:45
NY HbrCanarsie PierNYSDECMetropolitan Diploma Plus High School10-12
NY HbrFt. WadsworthNational Parks ServiceSt. Clare’s School9:30-1
NY HbrGovernor’s IslandNew York Harbor School1-2:30
NY HbrValentino Pier, Red HookNY NJ BaykeeperPS 2309:45-1
ERBrooklyn -Manhattan Bridge NYCLower East Side Ecology CenterMS 225 Ella Baker School9-1
EREast River State Park, WilliamsburgHuman Impacts InstituteBrooklyn Academy of Science & the Environment/Prospect Park Alliance1-3
ERGantry PlazaNYCDEPBaruch HS9-12
HRLSwindler CoveNew York Restoration ProjectAmistad Dual Language School, Booker T Washington, PS 58:30-10:45, 12-2:15
2Hudson River Park’s Pier 40River ProjectTrevor Day School10-12
3Hudson River Park’s Pier 45New York University, NYC Soil and Water Conservation DistrictMS 131, PS 39-2:30
4Hudson River Park’s Pier 84Hudson River ParkThe School at Columbia10-2
4.1IntrepidIntrepid Sea, Air and Space MuseumAmistad Dual Language School10:15-1
5Hudson River Park’s Pier 95Hudson River ParkMidtown West School9-11 AM
10George Washington Bridge 180th StThurgood Marshall Academy9:30-1:30

Englewood, NJMeadowlands Environmental CenterWest New York School,Dwight-Englewood School9-1
14Inwood ParkUrban Park RangersThe Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem10-2
14Inwood ParkUrban Park RangersMarble Hill School for International Studies9:30-12
17Mt St Vincent CollegeCollege of Mount Saint VincentFrederick Douglass Academy10:30-2
18Science BargeGroundwork Hudson ValleyFox Meadow Elementary School10 -1
18Habirshaw Park, YonkersBeczak Environmental CenterSaunders HS9-1
19AlpineAlpine Park, NJ PIPAlpine School9-1:30
23Hasting’s MacEachron Waterfront ParkHastings HS10:15-2
25WPiermont Pier, PiermontLamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Fort Montgomery State ParkPearl River HS, Clarkstown South HS, Tappan Zee HS8:30-2
25EMathiessen Park, IrvingtonIrvington ES9:30-12
28Memorial Park, NyackNyack HS9:30-1:30
30.5WSummit BeachUS EPAUpper Nyack ES9-11
30.5EKingsland Point ParkSleepy Hollow HS9-12:30
31Nyack BeachStrawtown Art StudioBlue Rock School10-2
31Nyack Beach stepsNyack MS8:30-12
32Louis Engel Waterfront Park, OssiningOssining HS8:30-12:30
35Bowline Park, HaverstrawNanuet HS8:30-1
36Croton Point Park, Croton-on-HudsonWestchester County ParksPierre van Cortlandt MS,Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES8:45-2:15
40Riverfront Green, PeekskillWalter Panas HS10:15-12
40VerplanckClearwaterPeekskill MS10-2
41Steamboat Dock, VerplanckTeatown Lake ReservationMahopac High School10-12
53Garrison LandingConstitution Marsh Audubon, Hudson Highlands Land TrustGarrison Union Free School8:30-
55Little Stony Point, Cold SpringHudson Highlands Land TrustHaldane HS8:30-12:30
57Cornwall LandingBear Mountain State ParkWillow Ave. School9:15-2:30
60WKowawese, New WindsorMuseum of Hudson HighlandsBishop Dunn Memorial School8:30-1:45
60EDenning’s PointBeacon Institute for Rivers and EstuariesRombout MS9:15-12:30
61 ENewburghStorm King High School1-3
61WLong Dock, BeaconScenic HudsonSouth Avenue ES, JV Forrestal ES9-2:30
61.1Riverfront Park, BeaconValley Central MS9-2
76Waryas Park, PoughkeespieArlington HS8:45-12:30
76Waryas Park, PoughkeepsieMid-Hudson Children’s MuseumSheafe Road ES9:30-1
78Quiet Cove, PoughkeepsieCornell Cooperative Extension, NYSDECKrieger Elem. School,Gayhead Elem. School 9-1:30
85Norrie Point, StaatsburgNYSDEC Hudson River Research ReserveVan Wyck MS, Poughkeepsie HS9:15-1:15
87Esopus MeadowsClearwaterAnna Devine ES9:30-1:30
92Robert Post ParkRondout Valley HS9-1:45
92Kingston PointForsythe Nature Center, Minnewaska State ParkBailey MS8:30-1:45
97Ulster Landing Park, KingstonCary IESKingston HS9-1:30
103Saugerties Light HouseWoodstock Day School10-3
105Lasher Memorial Park, GermantownColumbia Land ConservancyHudson HS9-1:30
115Cohotate Preserve, Greene Co.Cornell Cooperative ExtensionCoxsackie-Athens HS, Cairo-Durham MS9-1
118Hudson Waterfront ParkCary IESChatham HS9-1
123Coxsackie Riverfront ParkNYSDECAlbany Academy for Girls9-1:30
127Stuyvesant Landing, StuyvesantColumbia County Soil and Water Conservation DistrictAlternative Learning Center3-5
133Schodack Island State ParkChildrens Museum of Science and Tech.Doane Stuart School9:30-1:30
138Henry Hudson Park, BethlehemCollege of Saint RoseDelaware Community School11:15-1
144Rensselaer Boat LaunchNYSDEC, HRECOSTech Valley HS9-11
153Green IslandNYSDEC, HRECOSRobert C Parker School9:30-11:30
153Corning PreserveNYSDECMontessori Magnet School9:30-1:30
Lock 5Riverside Park, SchuylervilleCornell Cooperative Extension, HBRW4H Home SchoolThe Adirondack School9-12

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