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Visiting Science Program

Are you an NYC scientist studying local ecology? Hudson River Park invites academic institutions, researchers, and industry scientists to make use of its resources to conduct self-driven research that furthers scientific understanding of the Lower Hudson Estuary. Aside from expanding the body of knowledge surrounding the Lower Hudson Estuary, Hudson River Park also aims to strengthen NYC science communication by connecting scientists to each other and to the community.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please contact

Program Details:

  • Applicant Information: Applicants are required to be either academic or industry scientists seeking to conduct research on/related to the ecology of the Lower Hudson Estuary.
  • Priority Estuarine Research Topics: (as outlined in the Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary Management Plan)
    • Existing habitat conditions
      • Water Quality
      • Sediment Characteristics
      • Biota
    • Resource Management
      • Resource Protection and Preservation
      • Habitat Enhancement
  • Outreach Requirements: It is asked that visiting scientists share data gathered from this program with HRPK River Project and that they participate in ONE of the following public communication opportunities:
    • SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival
    • Public presentation of research @ Wetlab/other Park location/event
    • Produce data visualization for use on Park website
  • Fees:
    • $400 per month* baseline fee includes Wetlab orientation, regular checks on project operations, drop-offs and pick-ups of animals and supplies, and equipment storage during term. Staff are additionally able to provide access to Park data on water quality parameters and other metrics. Additional coordination for visiting scientists to participate in scheduled use of instrumentation on a case-by-case basis.
    • Additional fees may be applied for instrument usage, additional staff time beyond baseline support listed above, the expenditure of consumable supplies, and reservation of tank space.
    • *Fee reductions may be possible (e.g. limited available funding/extra participation in above public outreach requirements.)
  • Online Application


  • Participants may receive Park-wide access to floating docks, piers, and terrestrial greenspace from March – November
  • Access to the HRPK River Project flow-through aquarium & Wetlab from April-October


  • From April-October, the Wetlab Aquarium houses a variety of Hudson River fishes and native associates. These animals are available for in-aquarium observation and study, and are conditionally available for further, off-site research, depending on state permitting requirements.
  • Collection gear such as killie traps, crab traps, and oyster cages are available nearly year-round.