Summer Program

The ‘Next Generation of Hudson River Educators’ is a six week summer program specifically designed to more effectively connect underrepresented high school students and under-resourced communities to the Hudson River. The high school interns first take a deep dive into the Hudson River to develop a better understanding of the historic to present human connection to the estuary, the dynamism of its biology, physics, chemistry, geology, and topography, and the challenges the Hudson faces, along with potential community solution. Place-based field investigations build an appreciation for the estuary and environmental stewardship that they can pass on to their communities. As part of the program, we also hosted speakers to talk about Hudson science, science communication, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in science, and community planning to embrace diversity.

‘The Next Generation of Hudson River Educators’ 2020 summer internship marks the inaugural launch of this summer program. Primarily funded by the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program Grant.

The interns work in teams to create their own communication tools to share Hudson information that is captivating to a multigenerational and diverse audience. In order to offer information that is interesting and relevant to their communities, interns performed interviews to learn directly from their friends, family, and neighbors about their perceptions and existing knowledge of the Hudson. Involving the community in place-based education is crucial because residents provide key information that would be otherwise unknown to a visiting scientist or educator. The interns then use this information to build their communication outputs that are intended to better connect all communities to their local waterways!


The Hudson River Field Station Summer Research Internship is for underrepresented students in the sciences who are currently enrolled in high school. Student applicants must be at least 16 years old, and a preferred current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Honorariums are provided to high school interns.


More information about applications for 2022 Summer Program will be shared around January 2022. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Laurel Zaima, Education and Outreach Coordinator,