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