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Celebrate with Hudson River Wildlife at Release of the Fishes

October 31

Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 is home to the River Project Wetlab, a unique space that features a 3,500-gallon Hudson River aquarium – NYC’s only flow-through aquarium system. Our flow-through aquarium system, diagrammed below, ensures that river water is constantly pumped directly from the Hudson River. The Wetlab provides a window into the Hudson River by serving as a home many species of Hudson River fish including striped bass, black sea bass, oyster toadfish and lined seahorses.

HRPK’s Estuary Lab works with the River Project to deliver hands-on education and interactive scientific research that communicates the ecological importance of the Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary through Wetlab Look-ins, field trips and more.

To celebrate the end of the Wetlab season, the River Project and Estuary Lab are throwing a farewell bash for the wonderful wildlife that have served as marine ambassadors all summer long – and you’re invited! Join us for Release of the Fishes on Thursday, November 7 from 4-7 PM at the Pier 40 Wetlab.

This annual celebration marks the last opportunity this year to tour the Wetlab – a space that displays NYC’s vibrant estuary ecosystem – with staff and volunteers. You can even choose a fish from the aquarium and accompany it as it is released back into the Hudson River by staff. Guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks and take part in activities for all ages, including a kid-friendly touch tank with crabs, snails and other native invertebrates and a microscopy station manned by volunteers from the American Museum of Natural History.

There’s no better way to say so-long to a fantastic season of hands-on science in HRPK, so be sure to save the date! We’ll see you on November 7 at Release of the Fishes.