Of Time and Rivers Flowing
Teaching About the Dynamic Hudson

The Hudson by Michael Gorenstein, Newburgh Free Academy student.

The Hudson by Michael Gorenstein, Newburgh Free Academy student.

This December 2016 professional development workshop focused on the Hudson River’s origins. In the morning speakers discussed the dynamic physical forces that shape the Hudson’s ecosystem, tides, and currents.

Those forces — discussed in the morning session by John Rayburn, associate professor, Geological Sciences, SUNY New Paltz, and Steve Stanne, education coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program — include the salt front, geological influences, and the surrounding watershed.

Get Steve’s presentation, Estuary Essentials: The Influence of the Sea, a 32-slide PowerPoint.

After this crash course in basics, small groups used real-time remotely sensed data to delve more deeply into river conditions during Solving HRECOS Data Puzzles. The 25-slide PowerPoint includes everything you need to challenge yourself or your students.

Digging deeper

The Hudson River Watershed: Linking the Estuary with its Tributaries, a presentation by Scott Cuppett, watershed program coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program,  discussed how the actions humans take in the watershed affect the health of the Hudson River ecosystem. Download his 43-slide PowerPoint.

In Should the Hudson Run Clear? Sarah Fernald, research coordinator, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, explained that too much sediment may block sunlight and limit plant growth; too little may keep tidal marshes from mitigating sea level rise. Her 48-slide PowerPoint explores the origins, transport, and fate of sediments including her work in Tivoli North Bay.

After a free lunch — yes, it does exist — classroom teachers and site educators shared learning activities that explore River phenomena discussed in the morning sessions.

Download a PDF of the complete agenda.

The program was sponsored by the NYS DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Teaching the Hudson Valley to foster place-based learning and promote conservation and public understanding and enjoyment of the river.

For additional information, please email Rebecca.Houser@dec.ny.gov or phone 845-256-3115. Rebecca is  an education associate with the Estuary Program and an environmental analyst with NEIWPCC.