for grades: 4 - 12

Hudson River Ecosystems

Learn about the dynamics of ecosystems through an authentic science experience.  How does human action, including commerce and energy production along the Hudson River, affect aquatic plants and animals?  Using mini-aquariums, students use instruments for data collection to solve a problem in a research simulation.

The program begins with a discussion of the impacts human activity has on the Hudson River.  After some instruction about how to use the testing equipment, students are put into 4 teams.  Each team has a water sample that has been taken from a place in the river where scientists have observed a problem such as loss of fish and plant life.  After making observations and proposing a hypothesis, their task is to compare their tank to a control tank of healthy water, measuring pH, salinity, turbidity and temperature in order to determine the cause of the problem.  The program concludes with each team reporting their data, determining if their hypothesis was proven and finally designing a new question to investigate based on their experimentation.

as a field trip

Program Length: 120 minutes

  • 15 minute introduction
  • 15 minute data collection instruction
  • 45 minute exploration, data collection
  • 15 minute summary activity
  • 15 minutes free exploration/gift shopping
  • Picnic area available

Program Cost: $150 for up to 24 students. Staff is free. Additional students and adult chaperones $7 each.

Location: Wildlife Education Center

    in the classroom

    Program Length: 60-75 minutes

    Program Cost: $175 plus travel expense for first program for one class, $125 for each additional program on the same day.