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Watch, listen, read, explore: Ways to stay close to the Hudson (& each other)


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This season, as we’re forced to distance ourselves physically, we want to help you stay close to the Hudson – and each other.

The Hudson is what brings us together and keeps us together. As we continue working collectively to restore the river, the river restores us.

Below is a list of suggestions on ways to deepen your understanding of the Hudson and what it needs from us. We hope it will help you continue to explore the river, enjoy it, learn about it, advocate for it. The first installment is a collection of links for learning, with an emphasis on materials for young people.

What kind of materials would you like to see? What would inspire you or inform you? Please let us know of any recommendations or requests. Check back – We will continue to update this page.

Learn about the Hudson

Hudson River Almanac
The Hudson River Almanac is compiled and edited by Tom Lake and emailed weekly by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program. To subscribe, use the links on DEC’s Hudson River Almanac or DEC Delivers web pages. Also check out New York State Conservationist magazine.

Cary Institute Teaching Materials
A trove of teaching materials for K-12. A wide variety of materials and lesson plans, everything from algae to zebra mussels. Fascinating visuals showing food webs, native plants, algae types, progression of the tides. Field guides, readings, and detailed lesson plans exploring PCBs, cadmium pollution, climate impacts and more.

Hudson Data Jam
Now in its seventh year, Cary Institute’s Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed. Included are Riverkeeper Sweep and Riverkeeper Water Quality Program data.

DEC Hudson River Lesson Plans
Designed for K-7. Math, science, social studies and English using river research, history and geography.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
NOTE: With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping kids at home, our friends at Clearwater are building up their online resources to provide teachers, parents and kids with ways to experience the organization’s unique form of instruction virtually. Scroll down or visit this YouTube link for a video about how you can help!

Clearwater’s Key to Common Hudson River Fishes

Clearwater’s Online Quiz: Identify a Fish

New-York Historical Society: Hudson Rising Exhibition and Curriculum
Hudson Rising, a 2019 exhibition, examines the evolution of environmental thinking through the lens of the Hudson River. Spanning two centuries of industrial development, activism, and artistic imagination, the curriculum brings together paintings, artifacts, and life stories that illuminate how the Hudson can serve as a case study for the development of American environmentalism.

The Welikia Project
Ever wondered what New York looked like before it was a city? After a decade of research (1999 – 2009), the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society uncovered the original ecology of Manhattan, one of New York City’s five boroughs. The Welikia Project (2010 – 2013) goes beyond Mannahatta to encompass the entire city, discover its original ecology and compare it to what we have today.

Hudson River Journey
An online journey from New York City to Albany, discovering the region’s past, present and possible future.

Riverkeeper Timeline: An Incomplete History
Click through to explore the story of Riverkeeper’s work for the Hudson, from the 1960s to the present day.

Hudson River Maritime Museum: Rescuing the River
An exhibition on 50 years of environmental activism on the Hudson.

Newtown Creek Alliance Curriculum
The alliance recently developed a curriculum for educators centering on this waterway that forms the border between Brooklyn and Queens. “With all of the potential young stewards in our communities, we wanted to create learning tools that could bring the Creek into the Classroom and the Classroom out to the Creek.”

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