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.

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Hands-on STEM education programs focused on wildlife, sustainability and our Park environment that empower the next generation of scientists using the Hudson River as a classroom.

Purple gloved scientists add water to the beaker

Our River Project team conducts ongoing research and monitoring projects to help protect and restore the Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary. Current projects are focused on fish ecology, eDNA, microplastics, shoreline debris, oysters, pathogens, water quality and more.

A group of Park visitors enjoy looking at the fish in the wetlab aquarium on Hudson River Park's Pier 40

The Wetlab is the site of our River Project’s flow-through native aquarium system and marine biology field station. This facility displays a rotating exhibit of fish and other species collected from the Hudson River Estuary.

Kids creating their own water filter

Guided activities, experiments and videos that bring local waters, wildlife and science to life. Connect with the Hudson River virtually using common household items, your device of choice and printable worksheets.

Volunteers help clean up plastics along the shoreline

Plastic pollution harms our local waterways and wildlife. The Park is committed to addressing this issue through microplastic research, shoreline debris surveys and the Park Over Plastic initiative.

A big lipped oyster toadfish stares at the visitors in its tank

This digital field guide shares interesting facts about the most common species of fish, invertebrates and reptiles typically found in our Wetlab, a flow-through aquarium located at HRPK’s Pier 40.

A researcher measures a new oyster pulled from the river

Oysters are filter feeders that clean waterways, protect our shorelines and build habitat. The Park leads several studies to research and restore this keystone species in the Estuarine Sanctuary.

river project fish floating dock at Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary is home to over 85 species of fish. The Park monitors the presence and diversity of fish year-round using multiple surveying methods, including a fish collection survey and environmental DNA research.

A group of HRPK interns

Paid internship opportunities for students and recent graduates seeking experience in environmental education and field science to help build STEM communication, research and leadership skills.

The original shack on a pier where The River Project started

Learn about The River Project’s history as a leader in Hudson River Estuary research and education since 1986.