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Students Inspired by the Hudson River

The Hudson has inspired generations of writers and artists. We’re thrilled to continue that legacy with a poem by a third grader at Walden ES, Orange County, and a photo from a high school student at Newburgh Free Academy.

Project FeederWatch

An after school naturalist describes a project to introduce students to bird identification and observation; involve them in citizen science; and cultivate the next generation of bird watchers/enthusiasts.

My Storm Kingdom

A place in the Hudson Valley that inspires me is Storm King Art Center. The 500 acre park is beautifully composed of hills, woods, and roads that transform each season, and add to the breathtaking landscape. The grounds are spotted with colorful grasses and other vegetation planted to work with the art.

Educators: Where will a Watershed Forestry Institute take you?

Since attending the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers, Heneriatta Sekyiamah has taught watershed science in and out of the classroom. Recently she introduced 4th and 5th graders from PS 214/Lorraine Hansberry Academy (Bronx) to the watershed.

2016 Hudson Data Jam: Making data “sing”

Data Jam, sponsored by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, is designed to encourage students to share what they’ve learned about the Hudson watershed, and to highlight the large and excellent amount of scientific information that is available on the beautiful place we call home.

Bannerman Island Voices
Whispers from the castle keep

Imagine growing up in a castle in the middle of the Hudson River. Imagine your dad rowing you 1,000 feet to the Fishkill shore. There, you would cross four sets of railroad tracks, looking both ways to make sure a train wasn’t coming, scramble ….

Summertime at the Pool

Skyler’s essay placed second among middle school entries in THV’s 2015-16 school year Writing About Place contest. “When my mom pulled the car up, I got out and sat down in the big pavilion, as every morning. People showed up, but no one talked to anyone, that first half an hour was the only time that we weren’t unified as a group.”

A student goes back to the future
to tell grandma about a park

Hey Grandma. I’m your future grandson, David’s kid, writing to you about the Hudson Valley . . . a wonderful and beautiful area, especially in some places. By now you have already climbed Mt. Beacon and seen most of the valley’s vast beauty. Well one special place to me (thanks to your son) in this valley is Chadwick Lake Park.”

YardMap combines two words I truly love

When I first heard about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s YardMap Network I was intrigued. Combining backyards and maps seemed like a perfect pairing. As I learned more about the program I became increasingly excited. This new citizen science network provides homeowners with an easy way to evaluate their yards ….

The Beacon Park

Every story starts somewhere, and this one starts at a park. One with a (previously) paved path around it, where I learned to love riding bikes far too fast. Two little jungle gyms, in the middle of a woodchip island surrounded by bright grass.

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