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SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival

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SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival celebrates New York City’s coastal waters by bringing marine science to life, and is produced by the educators who know our River best – HRPK’s River Project. This year’s virtual festival will showcase dynamic marine environments, wildlife and science in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Hudson River Park’s River Project is committed to advancing public awareness and understanding of our local waterways. The SUBMERGE festival aims to inspire audiences of all ages and make marine science and STEM accessible and engaging for everyone. Each year at SUBMERGE, dozens of organizations that further this mission share their work.

This day of virtual science invites the public to experience local wildlife, awesome experiments, kid-approved science entertainment and more! Tune in live to learn more with inspiring hourly themes including wildlife, field science, plastic pollution and climate change.

Festival Lineup

SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival is bringing a full day of learning to you, right at home, thanks to our festival partners. Join us live on Facebook @HudsonRiverPark, or watch on-demand at your leisure after the event.

11:00 AM – Live from the Field with BioBus, Billion Oyster Project and Clearwater Sloop
12:00 PM – Wildlife with Gotham Whale, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Randall’s Island Park Alliance
1:00 PM – Plastics with Bronx River Alliance, Hudson River Park’s River Project and Cafeteria Culture
2:00 PM – Student Vision Challenge Presentations
2:30 PM – Live Science Performance with Al Leszczynski, Science Educator
3:00 PM – Our Changing Waters with Jamaica Bay Terrapin ResearchLamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole Massachusetts
4:00 PM – Live Science Performance with Justin Shaifer, Mr. Fascinate

Previous Events

Live From The Field



Student Vision Challenge

Our Changing Waters

Justin Shaifer | Mr. Fascinate


Student Vision Challenge

This is your chance to share your vision for the future of the Hudson River! Students K–12 are invited to identify an environmental issue impacting the Hudson River and then design a solution. Solution examples may include a written community volunteer program to restore natural habitats, a homemade device that cleans up plastic pollution, a blueprint sketch to make city shorelines more accessible etc. Submissions are welcome to range from videos to drawings, posters to 3D models. Participants who submit a photo or video and description of their solution by Wednesday, September 16 have a chance to present their projects during the festival!  Please submit your vision here and send any questions to

Festival Exhibitor Videos

Get ready for SUBMERGE by watching these educational videos from colleagues in and around New York City.

Hudson River Park’s River Project

Learn more about HRPK’s River Project educational and scientific programs by visiting our online courses, and watching the videos below. Our educators are giving a behind-the-scenes view into the River for the first time, virtually. You don’t want to miss it!



Tune into our virtual Summer of Fun programs leading up to SUBMERGE for more interactive experiences, virtually, with your Park.

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Thursday, Sep 24
11:00 AM