A Community Hub for Scientific Research & Environmental Education
ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY OPENED DUE TO COVID19, WE HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK REMOTELY DEVELOPING MATERIALS AND RESOURCES FOR USE AT THE FIELD STATION. WE MISS WORKING WITH YOU AND WILL BE BACK AS SOON AS WE ARE ABLE!
Field Station’s Upcoming Events
Join us for Science Saturdays at Piermont Pier from 11am-3pm now until Labor weekend!
NYS DEC Great Hudson River Fish Count
Lamont’s Hudson River Field Station participated in the 10th annual Great Hudson River Fish Count hosted by the NYS DEC. During the fish count, visitors helped us collect fish using seine nets. Seining involves pulling a net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs, and other River life caught in its mesh. We had a blast exploring all the life that lives beneath the surface of the Hudson!
History of The Hudson River Field Station
For more than two decades, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s “blockhouse” at the end of Piermont pier has served as an outpost for research, education, and outreach programs centered on the Hudson River and the adjacent Piermont Marsh. Originally built in the 1950’s to service Lamont’s research vessels returning from sea, the building was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy. We are currently in the process of a full building renovation to create a newly designed, updated field station serving multiple goals of research, outreach, and education.
Over the 20 years our education and outreach programs have operated, the Piermont Pier location has introduced thousands of local students to the Hudson River ecosystem. The renovation of this facility will allow us to enhance educational programming and public outreach with the addition of child-friendly microscopes, teaching resources, science exhibits and lab equipment for student field trips and activities. Additionally, data collected annually at this location will continue to be part of a wider data set used by students throughout the Hudson River Valley in classroom lessons, student research projects, and other special programs.
The study of rivers and estuaries has historically been a high priority research area for Lamont. Current and past research has focused on sediment transport, pollution assessment, biological and ecosystem monitoring, as well as wetland system studies. The field station will continue to have a working lab dedicated to research and technology. The remainder of the building is being designed as a teaching lab, outreach center, and Exploratorium will be used to host school field trips as well as be open to the public on a regular basis.