Science Saturdays: We believe that science is best taught outdoors in the natural environment! are family friendly organized programs that are aimed to engage and educate about our beautiful and unique environment. Our Saturday hours are 10-4PM so come join us!

Some programmed activities include: seining and fish identification, rod and reel fishing clinics, water quality testing, plankton pumping and microbiology identification and more! These events are completely free of charge so come out with us and explore the outdoors! 

Schools & Afterschool: We work with K-12 school groups, undergraduate programs and clubs, and can cater the visit to best fit the your STEM curriculum (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, etc.). All content will be hands on, place-based education using the Hudson River and Piermont Marsh.  

The field station is equipped with microscopes and user-friendly wentzscopes, a SMART board, a topographic 3-D map of the Hudson and Palisades Sill, and state-of-the-art scientific equipment to enhance students’ comprehension of some complex and often new information. The field station provides all the necessary gear for students to collect their own samples for investigations. Your students will never forget their visit to the field station! Contact us for the fee structure for school visits. Some grant support is available for qualifying schools.

Teacher Workshops: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is dedicated to life-long learners by working with teachers & educators. We host Professional Learning for teachers throughout the year at the field station. Workshops are intended to help expand the knowledge of teachers and provide interesting and unique educational techniques and activities to move into the classroom. 

Our curriculum and activities range from Hudson River specific topics, to climate change and local impacts, to microplastics and more. All align with the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A formal online community for teachers and educators is being developed to share feedback about the effectiveness of activities in the classroom and contribute tips and tricks to enhance the activity.

Citizen Science: Citizen science is scientific research that is in part conducted by members of the community providing an opportunity for people to understand the scientific process, learn about active research occurring in their local community, be a part of a community, appreciate their natural environment in their own backyard, and to get outdoors and conduct some field work! 

Each project 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. Citizen science opportunities include:

  • Fish Abundance and Diversity off of Piermont Pier- seine netting and rod-reel
  • Survey of the Microscopic River- plankton vs microplastics abundance 
  • Glass Eel Monitoring in the Sparkill- eel mops (in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program)