Hudson River Park’s River Project conducts research and offers hands-on environmental education and scientific programming with the purpose of communicating the ecological importance of the Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary. Visitors are invited to experience the Hudson River Estuary as a living laboratory for community engagement, stewardship and learning.
Learn about Hudson River Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary, a thriving 400-acre urban ecosystem where salt water and fresh water mix. Home to 70 species of fish including seahorses, eels and striped bass, the Sanctuary is an unparalleled location for discovering the abundance of life that lives below the Hudson River’s surface – right here in Manhattan! Visit the Wetlab or join our popular Big City Fishing programs to encounter and learn about native species up close!
HRPK’s River Project serves over 10,000 NYC students each year, welcoming schools from all five boroughs to the Park for creative educational programming. Staff also hosts a wide range of public programs throughout the Park’s four-mile footprint. From SUBMERGE to Wetlab Look-Ins, these programs bring river science to life, making STEM education dynamic and inspiring for all ages.
One of Hudson River Park’s core missions is to protect and restore the Hudson River— one of New York State’s greatest natural resources. You can help us accomplish this goal by participating in community research projects sponsored by the Park. Join our River Project staff as they monitor and maintain the Sanctuary through projects focused on oyster research, marine plastics, and water quality monitoring.
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Hudson River Park’s River Project helps build an appreciation and understanding of the Hudson River through hands-on environmental education programming.
Budding scientists can engage with the Hudson River from anywhere and enjoy a wide range of programs, from oysters and waterfront history to plankton and fish ecology.
Hudson River Park's STEM Activity of the Week offers free online resources for students and families to learn about the Hudson River.
The River Project’s Pier 40 Wetlab is a native aquarium and marine biology field station.
Hudson River Park Trust’s commitment to environmental education and research has grown to include The River Project – a marine research and education field station that had operated independently within Hudson River Park for decades.