Submerge! 2014

NYC Marine Science Festival

October 5 / 11:00AM At Pier 26 In Tribeca


Rain or Shine


11am - 3pm




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Subway & Bus Lines

1 at Canal St.

A,C,E at Canal St.

1 at Frankllin St.

1,2,3 at Chambers St.



Hudson River Park presents Submerge! - NYC Marine Science Festival, a day devoted to bringing awareness to NYC’s coastal waterways. This day-long festival is presented in partnership with the New York Hall of Science and focuses on ocean science while raising awareness of how people influence our local waterways. Noted marine scientists will present current research through hands-on activities and compelling presentations. Interactive demonstrations will bring marine science and engineering topics to life, inspiring audiences of all ages.

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Research Stations

Experiment, learn and explore! Scientists will share current marine research through interactive demonstrations.

American Littoral Society

Habitat restoration and horseshoe crabs

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University

River monitoring and real-time data

Borough of Manhattan Community College


Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

East river intertidal zone

Center For Urban River at Beczak, Sarah Lawrence College

Hudson River fish and marine artifacts

Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Ocean Systems

Satellites and physical river conditions

Children’s Museum of the Arts

Marine-inspired crafts

Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP)

Nonpoint source pollution and urban runo

Dynamical Systems Laboratory at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Engineer and test robotic fish

Ecoartspace with Mara G. Haseltine

Mara G. Haseltine The Art of Oyster Restoration and Amy Lipton curator from ecoartspace

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

River ecology and plastics pollution

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

River conditions and density experiments

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Marshes, sediment cores, marine microbes, and sea level rise

Liberty Science Center

Underwater robots

Long Island Sound Science Festival

Remote sensing technology

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration/Marine Debris Program

Marine debris

New York Aquarium

Diadromous fish and wildlife tagging projects

NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Water supply and green infrastructure

NYC Soil & Water Conservation District

Sewer overflow mitigation

New York Hall of Science

Ocean acidification and maritime maker activities

New York Harbor Foundation/ Billion Oysters Project

Oyster restoration

New York Harbor School Ocean Engineering

Remote sensing and underwater robots

NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation/Hudson River Estuary Program

Hudson watershed dynamics and sturgeon model

NYS Dept. of Health

Hudson River fish advisory

Northern NY Robotics Academy at Clarkson Academy

Research with robots


Opensource underwater robots


Water quality and pollution

The River Project

Oyster biology

Rutgers University

Gliders and data collection

Stevens Institute of Technology

Pollution and wildlife health

The Maritme Aquarium at Norwalk

Local marine critters


Impacts of marine trash and living sea sculpture

UMass Boston

Plankton ecology

United States Coastguard Auxiliary

Pollution and wildlife health

Village Community Boathouse

Carbon-free boating and maritime skills

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Ocean organic carbon

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Science Lounge Talks – Presented by 

Listen to key talks by notable marine science experts. Topics include: Sustainable Seafood, Climate Science, Ocean Literacy, Exploration, and Understanding our Local Waterways.

Featured Presenters:

11:30AM Keynote Talk: Understanding our Ocean
Oceanographer Bob Chen (UMass Boston) will give the keynote talk on Ocean Literacy - what it is, and why it's important for every New Yorker.

12:00 Sea Stories
Science journalist Ari Daniel Shapiro - well-known to NPR listeners - will talk about ocean stories, and how to tell them in a different and lasting way - and a bit of his own personal story of transformation from oceanography grad student to world-traveling science reporter.

12:20 Tackling Marine Trash
Keith Cialino (NOAA) will unveil the myths about marine debris - as well as some no-fail ways for New Yorkers to make a difference.

12:40 Breaking the Ice
Oceanographer Larry Pratt (WHOI) and dancer Jody Sperling will give a combined talk and performance relating the science of ocean turbulence to sea ice dynamics and connections to a dance piece about the Arctic. Included will be a short film of Sperling dancing on Arctic sea ice.

1:20 Drawn to Ocean
John Fraser (New Knowledge Organization) will describe his work on the emotions connected to the ocean and change.

1:40 Horseshoe Crab Conservation 
Staff from the American Littoral Society will describe the horseshoe crab - its amazing life cycle, and its importance in the ocean ecosystem - and where New Yorkers can go see them.

2:00 Characterization of New York Rivers to Support Sturgeon Habitat Restoration Efforts
Clarkson University’s Chief Research Officer James S. Bonner in collaboration with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) will share research on habitat restoration to optimize lake sturgeon spawning conditions.

2:20 Robots in the Poles
Oceanographer Hanu Singh (WHOI) will describe his research using underwater robotic vehicles under the ice at both poles.

2:40 Hudson River Park: Past, Present and Future
Nicolette Witcher, V.P. of Environment and Education at Hudson River Park Trust will detail the history of Hudson River Park and its public environmental education efforts along New York State’s only urban estuarine sanctuary.

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New York Hall of Science Tent

Rubber Band Propelled Boats
Make and test out your own rubber band propelled boat with NYSCI Explainers.

Sink or Float?
Design and build a raft that floats. How much weight can it carry before it sinks?

Ocean Acidification
Explore how changes to the ocean's pH are affecting ocean life. You'll first learn how the ocean serves as a carbon sink and then you'll model how small pH changes can have big impacts on the creatures that call the ocean home.

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River Ranger’s Kid Tent

Hudson River Park’s environmental educators bring the opportunity for budding scientists to observe and explore the great outdoors! Activities at the River Ranger Tent include investigation tables, touch tanks with live river critters, touchable models and ocean-themed crafts.
See and hold Hudson River crabs, oysters, shrimp and more! Learn about local fish species, like the lined seahorse and striped bass, as they swim in observation tanks. Explore Hudson River conditions with trained educators leading salt wedge demonstrations and water quality tests.  Behold tiny plankton through microscopes.  Catch wooden fish with magnetic poles and investigate river artifacts.  Create ocean-themed crafts that apply fun scientific facts about local wildlife.

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High School Poster Competition

High school students present their own water-related research projects.  Selected schools: City-As School, Rondout Valley High School, In-Tech Academy, Sayville High School, Tenafly High School.

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Solar Punch (Set time: 11-1)

A solar-powered rock band with a mission and a message that they have taken around the world!

Breakneck Ridge Revue (Set time: 1-3)

An ensemble of Hudson Valley musicians playing twangy, tradition-inspired music ranging from blues to folk to rock. Simple music for complicated times.

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Catch and Release Fishing

We provide the rods, reels, bait and instruction. Beyond teaching fishing, the program also provides participants with a first-hand opportunity to learn about river ecology and the many fish species that can be found in the river.
Participants can drop in a line and relax, or engage with environmental educators on such topics such as water quality, fish biology and more. A fun and educational experience, Big City Fishing offers city-dwellers a unique option for outdoor family recreation. Open to all ages!
Take advantage of this great opportunity to teach our youngest visitors about the environment and the world around them.

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The Downtown Boathouse will offer free sit-on-top kayaks for public use in the Hudson River at Pier 26. They give brief instruction and provide all necessary safety equipment as well as changing rooms, lockers and locks, bike locks, sun block, and first aid equipment.

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