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Discovery Lab

Presented by Hudson River Park's Estuary Lab

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Explore science in Hudson River Park! Use microscopes to view microplastics and learn the impacts of plastic pollution, identify DNA sequences of fish species and create your own Hudson River craft.

Microscope Explorations

  • Examine a drop of river water and discover the small world of plankton using a microscope. Identify different organisms and understand their purpose in the river’s dynamic ecosystem.

Build Your Own Filter Feeder

  • Engineer your own filter-feeding device inspired by critters from the Hudson River.

Oyster Restoration

  • 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. Monitor oysters alongside Estuary Lab scientists and contribute to building a more resilient future for the estuary. Observe an oyster dissection and learn the inner workings of these fascinating filter feeders.