Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary


On one day each autumn, thousands of students from New York City to Troy participate in the annual “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River” event. Students collect scientific information to create snapshots of the river at dozens of locations, then share their data using Web-based technology so they can better understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem. Sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and produced with assistance from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Day in the Life coincides with National Estuaries Day and World Water Monitoring Day.

At each location, teams of students and environmental educators use seine nets and lab equipment to investigate aquatic life, water chemistry and quality, tides and weather. Many groups also collect core samples of river bottom mud for analysis. For a list of 2015 participating schools and sites, please click here



Day in the life, Turbidity, data sampling

Participants’ findings contribute to ongoing research projects, and data from the event is incorporated into the lesson plans developed by the Hudson River Estuary Program and available to all teachers in the Hudson Valley.


Commissioner, Day in the life, Fish ID

Where possible, Estuary Program staff facilitate partnerships between participating classes and local environmental education organizations for Day in the Life. Training workshops, online lesson plans, specialized equipment, twelve years of data, and other resources are provided.

For more information please contact Rebecca Houser at

Download the Media Advisory for A Day in the Life of the Hudson River 2014 (PDF) (299 KB) for a list of participating schools, partner organizations and sites.

For more information about Day in the Life as well as access to twelve years of past data, visual aids and contact information, please visit the Official Day in the Life of the Hudson web site using Links Leaving DEC’s Website on the right side of this page.


Watch a clip about the “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River” Program and check out other clips on DEC’s