Youth and Community
Explore the river through videos and activities or join one of our in-person programs collecting real scientific data. 
For more information on the Hudson River, check out our Hudson River Curriculum Guide. Please visit the DEC’s calendar of events for more programming. 

Eel Project

Every year, juvenile American Eels travel over 1,000 miles up to the tributaries of the Hudson River. Every spring, students and volunteers put on their waders and hop in the river with us collect valuable information on eels to understand their populations.

This project is a chance to get involved directly with real science in the river, helping researchers collect important data about these migratory fish.


Hudson River Almanac

Are you curious about all the weird and wonderful things that can be found in and along the Hudson River? This weekly newsletter by the Hudson River Estuary Program compiles observations of natural happenings along the river, from eagle hatchlings to seals to fish to coyotes and black bears! Also, explore the natural history of the river with interesting findings dating back to pre-colonial times.

The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES)

TIDES is a paid summer field research and laboratory science experience where High School and College students conduct field research projects along the banks of the Hudson River and in local streams.

Public Programs

Canoe Programs: Paddle the Hudson River estuary with our staff naturalists with free educational canoe trips. Join us to explore tidal marshes, observe birds and wildlife, and discover unique plants.

Science Saturdays: Join us once a month at Norrie Point for fun and educational programs! Events are free and open to the public.  

Conservationist for Kids

Conservationist for Kids is a nature and environment magazine for kids in New York State. Each issue is jam-packed with great facts about topics in your own backyard. Discover the critters that live in and along the Hudson River, or find out how you can help stop plastic pollution.

Conservationist for Kids is written for fourth-grade curriculum standards.

DEC Educator Resources

The Reserve’s state partner, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, provides educational resources for caregivers, parents & educators.

Hudson River Fish Counts

The 2023 Hudson River Fish Count will be Saturday, August 5! Click the link below to learn more. Join environmental organizations and Hudson River communities to collect, count, and catalog our fish species.