Discovery Lab

Presented by Hudson River Park

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Discover the role of microscopic plankton in the Hudson River. Plankton are tiny aquatic organisms that drift with currents and play an important role in the River’s food web. Some plankton spend their entire lives in as plankton, while others transform into adult life stages that we are more familiar with like oysters.  Learn more about the life of an oyster and how this bivalve is helping us improve the health of NYC’s waters.

Design a Plankton Tow Net

  • Construct your own plankton tow using common household items, then use your net to sample live Hudson River plankton.

Microscope Explorations

  • Examine a drop of river water to see plankton up close and identify different organisms using a microscope.

Build Your Own Plankton Model

  • Engineer your own plankton-inspired model and then test its buoyancy.

Restore Oyster Habitat

  • New York City was once the oyster trading capital of the world, but the population has been in decline for many years due to overharvesting, industrial pollutants and sewage. Help create oyster habitat and contribute to building a more resilient future for the estuary.