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Program List

Select the Hudson River experience that connects and enhances your classroom curriculum. Each program can be modified to meet the specific needs of your students. Programs accommodate up to a maximum of 25-30 students. Advance registration is required. Click the links below for copies of our education program brochure:

Elementary School Programs

Middle, High School, and College STEM Programs


Elementary School Programs

Pick any two one-hour programs for one day and receive a $50 discount! 

Catch of the Day Seining     

All ages! / 2 Hours / $450

Explore the biodiversity of the Hudson River by dragging a 30-foot seine net through the water to catch fish and other creatures. Students keep a tally of our catch and draw conclusions by graphing the total outcomes. We will provide chest waders to help keep the students dry. While waiting their turn at seining, students embark on a marsh scavenger hunt to see how many Hudson River treasures they can find. This program is tide dependent and conducted April - October. 

River Exploration                                         

Grades pre-k - 1 / 1 hour / $250 

Students participate in a beach scavenger hunt to find treasures washed up onto the shore. They use their senses to classify their findings and other Hudson River artifacts by identifying plant and animal characteristics. 

Animal Adaptations               

Grades 2 - 3 / 1 hour / $250 

How do fish swim? How do birds fly? Students discover the unique adaptations and senses of various fish, birds, reptiles and mammals that inhabit the Hudson River. They will view real life adaptations using our resident turtles, fish and other species.

Hudson River Start to Finish         

Grades 2 - 5 / 1 hour / $250

Students learn about Hudson River geography, estuaries, watersheds, tides, wetlands and pollution by participating in demonstrations using a one-of-a-kind Hudson River Estuary Model. To reinforce all the concepts covered in the program, students will piece together a puzzle of the Hudson River Estuary.

Hudson River Food Web

Grades 3 - 5 / 1 hour / $250 

Students role play parts of the food chain and discover the interdependencies of plants and animals through a hands-on activity. They will see how these relationships change when pollution enters the system. The importance of plankton is emphasized. 

Water Clean-up Challenge

Grades 3 - 6 / 1 hour / $325 

In this fun, messy activity, students compete in groups to see which team can make the smartest economic and procedural decisions to best clean “pollution” from a dirty water sample (made with food coloring, vegetable oil and soil). 

Marsh Exploration

Grades 3 - 6 / 1.5 hours / $325 

Explore our tidal marsh and learn about marsh zones, tides, and plant adaptations. In groups, students embark on a scavenger hunt, dip net in the tide pool, collect sediment samples, and create sketches of this unique wetland habitat. This program is tide dependent and conducted April - October. 

Fish Identification

Grades 4 - 6 / 1 hour / $250 

How can you tell a striped bass from a white perch?  Exploring fish from the center’s aquaria, students will use a dichotomous key to identify various Hudson River fish species with an emphasis on form and function, external anatomy, as well as both physical and behavioral adaptations.


Middle, High School, and College STEM Programs

Select two programs and spend a whole day at CURB! 

Catch of the Day Seining                     

2 hours / $450

Explore Hudson River biodiversity by dragging a 30-foot seine net through the water to catch fish and other Hudson River creatures. Students keep a tally of our catch and draw conclusions by graphing the total outcomes. We provide chest waders to help keep students dry. This program is tide dependent and conducted April - October. 

Hudson River Water Chemistry        

1.5 hours / $300

Using digital probes and test kits, students will collect water samples to measure and record physical and chemical parameters. Interactive demonstrations and data analysis help students understand the dynamic roles of each parameter in the Hudson. The data is compared to real-time water monitoring systems throughout the Hudson!

Peek at Plankton                                                                        

1.5 hours/$300

Plankton is not just a cartoon character! Enter the fascinating world of aquatic phytoplankton (plant plankton) and zooplankton (animal plankton) beginning with their role in food chains. Students toss plankton nets into the river to collect live specimens and then learn observation and identification techniques using microscopes and reference guides.

Sediment and Site Conditions

1 hour / $250

Learn about how the sediment and site conditions of the Hudson River both affect and are affected by the estuarine ecosystem. Students will explore sediment, tides, weather, and currents. 

Fish Identification

1 hour / $250

How can you tell a striped bass from a white perch? Exploring the center’s aquaria, students will use a dichotomous key to identify various Hudson River fish species with an emphasis on form and function, external anatomy, as well as both physical and behavioral adaptations. 

Eat Like an Oyster – From Gills to Guts

1.5 hours / $300

Oysters are an important native species of the Hudson River estuary, and are often called “filter feeders.” This lesson delves into the misconceptions of oyster filtration by having students role play to investigate how oysters actually feed, and how that can affect their bodies and the ecosystem. Students also learn about oyster anatomy and physiology, and get to explore live oysters from the river. This indoor program is tide dependent. 

Climate Change in the Hudson Valley

1.5 hours / $350

Discover how climate change will impact the Hudson Valley and learn about the implications in relation to severe weather, storm surge, sea level rise and biodiversity of river species.

Hudson River Water Quality and Pollution

2 hours / $350 *Grades 9 and up

In addition to exploring and testing water quality parameters from the Hudson River, students investigate major sources of pollution. Participants learn about citizen science projects around water quality, and how to analyze test results using government-approved bacterial testing techniques. 


To reserve your class trip call (914) 377-1900 ext 12 or email ecaref@sarahlawrence.edu.