for grades: 4 - 8

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.

field trip only (no in-school option)

Program Length: 120 minutes

  • 20 minute introduction
  • 15 minute data collection instruction
  • 50 minute exploration & data collection
  • 20 minute summary
  • 15 minutes free exploration
  • Gift shop open upon request
  • Picnic area available upon request

Program Cost: $150 for up to 25 students & 5 parent chaperones. Staff is free. Additional students are $7 each

20% discount on the program fee for program(s) scheduled between Dec. 18th-March 16th.

Location: Wildlife Education Center

(25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson NY, 12520)