A community hub for scientific research and environmental education
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.