One of the unique aspects of Hudson River Park is that it is made up of 400 acres of water—the Hudson River! To protect these waters, HRPK scientists pay close attention to environmental conditions and regularly monitor the River. You can check out real-time updates on Hudson River conditions through the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) webpage. Due to the impacts of climate change, the Hudson River has seen shifts in the local environment. For example, when extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy occur, the Park is one of the first areas to flood, creating negative effects to the shoreline, habitat and water quality. This week’s lesson focuses on building solutions to fight climate change impacts. Explore how adaptation methods are used and try your hand at designing structures that are commonly applied in the real world to protect our shorelines!
Theme: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Waterfront Community, Carbon Footprint
Ages: 6th–12th grade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 30-45 minutes
Resource: Climate and Our Coast Worksheet