Day In The Life of the Hudson & Harbor

A Day in the Life of the Hudson & Harbor 

Each fall, schools all along the Hudson River collaborate to create a “day-in-the-life” picture of the river. The annual event is designed to bring school groups and education partners to the Hudson where they can learn directly from the river. Using seine nets, minnow pots, water-testing gear and simple tools, thousands of students catch and release many of the Hudson’s 200-plus species of fish, track the river’s tides and currents, check the salinity, examine water chemistry and quality, and even take a look at the muddy river bottom. The event is hosted each fall, coordinated by The Hudson River Estuary Program of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and operated in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Registration for our October 10th, 2024 event is now opened! Please register now for both the Day in the Life Event and for our Annual Workshops! Join us in 2024 on the river!

Day in the Life of the Hudson & Harbor

An Introduction to A Day in the Life of the Hudson & Harbor

Learn More About the Day in the Life Event

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What is the Day in the Life Event?

What is the 'Day in the Life Event'? When does it happen each year? How can you and your school be involved? Learn about this annual event. 

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Hudson River Estuary Basics

A quick look at each of the parameters we sample in 'Day in the Life’ and what they can tell us about our Hudson Estuary.

Teacher & Educator Workshops

We offer free workshops about the Day in the Life Event as well as focused workshops that examine specific topics in depth. 

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Teacher Resources for the Field

A wide range of resoucres that have been developed to support school participation in this event. 

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Tips, Tricks & Other Resources for the Event

In order to make your day a success we have compiled a set of Tips and Tricks that highlight a set of important reminders!

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Fish, Crab and Macroinvertebrate Guides

All about fish, crabs and macroinvertebrates! To help in identificanion we compiled some excellent supporting resources!

Data Collection
Day in the Life Data

Data is collected by each sampling group and submitted for review by year as well as through our interactive database. 

Studying Salinity
Lesson Plans about the Hudson Estuary

A collection of lesson plans and worksheets for all age of students. Many use data from this event.