Estuary Lab

Hudson River Park was the first redevelopment project of its kind to restore and reintroduce the New York City waterfront and begin a process of transforming the way people think about the urban waters that surround them!  Today, the Park hosts a vast array of programs and activities for both enrichment and river stewardship. We invite you to take the time to explore this section of our website to learn more about these opportunities as well as to learn more about the vital Hudson River ecosystem that we work so hard to protect and preserve.


Hudson River Park’s (HRPK) Estuary Lab offers hands-on education and interactive scientific research with the purpose of communicating the ecological importance of the Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary. Through the Estuary Lab’s park-wide programs, visitors are invited to experience the River as a living laboratory for community engagement and stewardship.

Hudson River Park Estuary Lab hosts free and low-cost environmental education programs for school groups, summer camps and the general public, using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom.


Learn about the Estuarine Sanctuary’s thriving urban habitat, a unique ecosystem where salt and fresh water mix. With 70 species of fish including seahorses, eels, and striped bass, Hudson River Park and its Estuarine Sanctuary provide an unparalleled location for discovering the abundance of life that lives below the River’s surface.


HRPK’s Estuary Lab hosts a wide range of public programming throughout the Park’s four-mile footprint. From Big City Fishing to Shell-ebrate Oysters, these programs bring river science to life, making STEM education dynamic and inspiring for all ages. In addition, partnerships with local groups as well as outreach to schools throughout the five boroughs, Hudson River Park proudly serves as an outdoor classroom for a diverse student population from across the city and beyond.


Equally important is our mission of protecting and preserving the Hudson River— one of New York State’s greatest natural resources. Participants support the health and habitat of the Park’s urban waters through the Estuary Lab’s community research projects. Estuary Lab staff invite the public to monitor and maintain the Sanctuary through projects focused on oyster research, marine plastics and water quality.

Training the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders!

Through our comprehensive, career-path internship program, Hudson River Park is proud to have trained over 50 environmental educators since 2012.  After completing our program and gaining valuable skills in hands-on K-12 teaching, field science, and community engagement, many of our program alums are hired as environmental educators and outreach professionals in parks and nonprofits throughout New York City and State.

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