Hudson River Environmental Science Field Education Programs at the Norrie Point Environmental Center are hands-on, outdoor experiential learning opportunities. The primary audience are local High School and College classes visiting the Norrie Point Environmental Center for day-long Hudson River focused lessons. Programs are flexible and dependent on the needs and interests of the students with a participant maximum capacity of 30 people. Common topics include watershed and estuary dynamics, water quality concepts, aquatic and terrestrial biological diversity, and wetland ecology. Special emphasis is put on interaction with or observation of live plants and animals such as fish, invertebrates, birds, and turtles. Program elements may include seining for fish in the river, paddling canoes in a wetland, studying live invertebrates in our wet classroom, hiking the forested trails at the Mills-Norrie State Park.
Environmental Education Field Programs support the National Estuarine Research Reserve’s efforts in science, stewardship, and restoration. Programs are free to the school groups who attend and funding is available for bus transportation costs.
- Introduce or deepen the experience of students with their local outdoors.
- Provide Hudson Valley high school and college students with safe and free river excursions.
- Build a positive connection between young people and the Hudson River wildlife.
- Introduce students and teachers to Key Understanding of the Estuary