What: Thousands of students and teachers, many from your area, engaging in hands-on scientific learning exercises in the Hudson River. The Press is invited to attend.
When: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010
Where: More than 60 locations between NYC and Troy (see schedule below for a selection of locations)
Why: A primary goal of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is to connect New Yorkers to nature. The DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program helps prepare students to become stewards of the river's water quality and fish.
On Thurs., Oct. 14, environmental education centers and school classes all along the Hudson River estuary will collect scientific information and share it to create a picture of "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River." This annual program will help participants understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem.
Sponsored by the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, the "Day in the Life" event is in its eighth year. Some 3,000 students and educators will be sampling the estuary's waters at more than 60 sites from New York Harbor to the Capital District.
In partnership with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, the Hudson River Estuary Program has recruited river educators to work with students at each site. They will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, seine for fish, collect water and invertebrate samples, and examine water chemistry parameters. Results will be posted online, and collected samples will be used by researchers at Lamont-Doherty and Rutgers University.
In addition to the benefits of an outdoor, place-based field trip, "Day in the Life" is taking advantage of technology options as well. Participating classes will receive post-program summaries of the event by email within a week, and schools are invited to talk about their results with DEC Estuary Program educators through videoconferencing . Teachers are invited to a follow-up webinar about the event's results scheduled for November 4th. Also new this year, workshops throughout the valley will connect teachers to the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS), a network of real-time water quality stations with which classrooms can connect and enhance their Day in the Life experiences.
For more detailed information on the event and history of the event, visit the DEC website athttp://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html .
Participating classes continue to represent the full diversity of the region's school population, from urban to rural settings. Some examples of the student populations involved are:
- DeWitt Clinton HS, Bronx - 20 high school students at Inwood Hill Park on the Harlem River, northern Manhattan.
- Saunders Trades and Technical High School, Yonkers - 15 high school students at the Beczak Environmental Education Center, Yonkers.
- Pearl River High School, Tappan Zee High School, Clarkstown South High School, Rockland - 5 high school classes at the Piermont Pier with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists.
- Krieger Elementary at Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie – two 4th-5th grade classes, plus a partnering class from Wappingers Falls.
- Tech Valley High School, Rensselaer - 40 students at the Rensselaer waterfront park.
A list of confirmed sites for Oct. 14th attached below. "RM" refers to River Miles up the river as measured from the Battery at Manhattan. "NY Hbr" refers to New York Harbor, "ER" is East River, and "HRL" is Harlem River. For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, and to schedule visits to a site, please email or call: Fran Dunwell, Hudson River Estuary Coordinator (845-256-3016; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Bowser, event coordinator, (845-264-5041; email@example.com).