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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.

Students enjoy learning about the science and nature in Hudson River Park

Using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom, Hudson River Park’s River Project hosts free and low-cost environmental education programs for school groups, summer camps and the general public.

Hudson River Park’s River Project hosts free and low-cost environmental education programs for school groups, summer camps and the general public, using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom.
Graph featuring all the schools and students that the River Project has helped in 2019


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.

Hudson River Park Trust educators look check the oyster beds near Pier 34


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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Girls in orange the checkered clothes look through a microscope

Hudson River Park’s River Project helps build an appreciation and understanding of the Hudson River through hands-on environmental education programming.

River Project Encore Logo

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.

Bob the blog is drawn on the white board

Hudson River Park's STEM Activity of the Week offers free online resources for students and families to learn about the Hudson River.

Purple gloved scientists add water to the beaker

With its lush greenery and protected estuarine waters, Hudson River Park provides a much-needed habitat and travel corridor for numerous fishes, birds, crustaceans and insects.

A group of Park visitors enjoy looking at the fish in the wetlab aquarium

The River Project’s Pier 40 Wetlab is a native aquarium and marine biology field station.

A group of HRPK interns

The internship programs give students and recent graduates environmental education and field science experience, mentorship and networking opportunities within NYC’s environmental field.

The original shack on a pier where The River Project started

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.