The Hudson River Estuary Program’s training programs introduce teachers to compelling opportunities for place-based interdisciplinary teaching aligned with state learning standards. Typically three to six hours long, their timing and content are customized to meet the needs of participants. Staff offer workshops in three formats:
Estuary Essentials workshops introduce the basics - geography, tides, salinity, habitats, and significant fauna and flora - through activities and lessons that use these topics to reinforce reading, math, science and other academic skills.
Hudson River Field Trip trainings bring teachers to the river to test the water, collect and identify river life, and measure tides and currents. These are offered mainly in summer and early fall in advance of a Day in the Life of the Hudson River, an annual event that draws thousands of students to 60 river sites from New York City to Albany. Each class gathers information about its site and shares it with others to build understanding of the entire system.
Virtual River Visits trainings use the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System to bring the estuary into the classroom. Engage students with technology using this network of sensors from New York City to Albany; it checks the river's vital signs every 15 minutes and posts the information to the internet. Students can call up graphs of data on tides, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and weather. These graphs bring to life often abstract phenomena - showing water levels rising and falling with the tides, or oxygen levels increasing as photosynthesis works its magic, for example.
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