Community Science is scientific research that is in part conducted by members of the community. Teams of scientists, students, and community members conduct field-based research that contributes towards on going research projects to better understand the Hudson River ecosystem. Community science projects provide an opportunity to increase scientific literacy, learn about active research occurring locally, be part of a community, build appreciation for the natural environment, and work outdoors conducting field work!

The Field Station operates several Community Science Projects, each has different time commitments; however, all projects will require training and practice. The Field Station provides all of the equipment and gear necessary for the project.

  1. Glass Eel Monitoring with Eel Mops (in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
  2. Oyster Cage Monitoring (in partnership with the Billion Oyster Project)
  3. Fish Abundance and Diversity off of Piermont Pier- seine netting and rod-reel
  4. Plankton Survey
  5. Microplastics Survey


If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please complete this HRFS Volunteer Form. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Laurel Zaima, Education & Outreach Coordinator,