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Education & Environment

Hudson River Park was the first redevelopment project of its kind to restore and reintroduce the New York City waterfront and begin a process of transforming the way people think about the urban waters that surround them!  Today, the Park hosts a vast array of programs and activities for both enrichment and river stewardship. We invite you to take the time to explore this section of our website to learn more about these opportunities as well as to learn more about the vital Hudson River ecosystem that we work so hard to protect and preserve.

Play and Learn in the Park!

Hudson River Park hosts free and low cost environmental education programs for school groups, summer camps and the general public, using the Hudson River waterfront as its classroom.

Access for Everyone!

Through partnerships with local groups as well as outreach to schools throughout the five boroughs, Hudson River Park proudly serves as an outdoor classroom for a diverse student population from across the city and beyond.

Protect and Restore!

Equally important is our mission of protecting and preserving the Hudson River— one of New York State’s greatest natural resources. Park waters surrounding the piers and upland areas, recognized for their unique role in the Hudson River ecosystem, have been designated a New York State Estuarine Sanctuary. Park builders and operators take extra precautions to preserve the integrity of this delicate environment. From environmental monitoring to citizen science, the park also collaborates with scientists and others to gather valuable information about our river ecosystem.

Training the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders!

Through our comprehensive, career-path internship program, Hudson River Park is proud to have trained over 50 environmental educators since 2012.  After completing our program and gaining valuable skills in hands-on K-12 teaching, field science, and community engagement, many of our program alums are hired as environmental educators and outreach professionals in parks and nonprofits throughout New York City and State.