for grades: 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Hudson River Study

From the banks of the Hudson River at Kowawese Unique Area, our program begins with an overview of the Hudson River from its beginning to its end.  Students will learn some of its valuable history and ecology as we take in the views of Storm King Mountain and Bannerman’s Island.  The program continues with a hands-on investigation of the macro-invertebrate life that supports the river’s incredible food chain.  Then we will head to the beach to catch fish in our 30’ seine net.  Learn basic fish identification and some fascinating facts about the adaptations of these remarkable creatures.

Our program concludes with a fun scavenger on the beach.

Concepts presented in this program include:

  • Geologic history of the Hudson River
  • Native American settlements
  • Arrival of Europeans and the colonial period
  • Impact of the Industrial Revolution on the River
  • Food Chains and bioaccumulation of pollutants
  • Fish and Macro-invertebrate identification
  • River ecology. habitats, niches, estuary. Watershed

as a field trip (no in-school option)

**Please note- Dates and times available for booking dependent on the tides.**

Program Length:  70-90 minutes, depending on group size and river conditions

  • Overview of Hudson River history and ecology – 20 minutes
  • River Seining and fish identification – 20-30 minutes
  • Exploration of Macroinvertebrate life – 20 minutes
  • Beach Scavenger Hunt – 10-15 minutes

Program Cost: $160 for up to 24 students. Staff is free. Additional students and adult chaperones $7 each

Location: The Hudson River at Kowawese (Plum Point)