Student scientists survey Hudson River

Students exploring the Hudson RiverSchuylerville Elementary School students in Peter Carner’s fourth grade class spent part of Thursday, Oct. 12 exploring the Hudson River as part of a statewide event. The class joined more than 5,000 other students from New York City to Schuylerville as part of the 15th annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary” event up and down the Hudson River Valley. Schuylerville students walked to Hudson Crossing Park, where they used seine nets, water testing kits, and measuring tools to investigate aquatic life, water chemistry, tides and weather. Students then shared their data online with other participants, so they can better understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem.

“The event was wonderful,” Carner said. “It allowed the students to know more about the river in their backyard and how what we do to the river impacts so many people.”

The annual event is sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program. In Schuylerville, the program was run by Hudson Crossing Park educator Jessica Schwerd and Director Cindy Wian.