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Hen Hud Students Teach Kids How To Explore The Hudson River Using Science

Teacher Debbie Ashley with her New Visions Environmental Science students Marissa Marash, Kevin O’Brien, Sydni Pakula, Celine Lee (Hen Hud), Michael Jones, Racine Smith, Emma Willinger (Hen Hud), Nikita Morrison, Emily Langer, and Julia Juenemann.
Teacher Debbie Ashley with her New Visions Environmental Science students Marissa Marash, Kevin O’Brien, Sydni Pakula, Celine Lee (Hen Hud), Michael Jones, Racine Smith, Emma Willinger (Hen Hud), Nikita Morrison, Emily Langer, and Julia Juenemann. Photo Credit: Contributed

MONTROSE, N.Y. -- Hendrick Hudson High School's New Visions Environmental Science students shared their passion for exploring the great outdoors this week when they taught students from Our Montessori School in Yorktown how to explore the Hudson River from a scientific perspective.

As part of A Day in the Life of the Hudson River, students tested the water at Croton Point Park for oxygen, temperature, pH levels, and salinity. They also seined for fish and explored the river’s sediment core and currents.

A "Day in the Life of the Hudson River" is a yearly event, coordinated by the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. It encourages school classes to study the river from the Troy Dam to New York Harbor and share the information they find using Web-based technology.

“The New Visions Environmental Science class is a career-exploration class,” said teacher Debbie Ashley of the Tech Center at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. “This is one opportunity where my students get to teach what they have learned and explore what teaching science is like.” The students from Our Montessori ranged from first-graders to sixth-graders.

Emma Willinger, one of two participants from Hendrick Hudson High School, donned waders to show students how to test the sediment core of the river.

“It’s a lot of fun teaching the kids,” Willinger said.

Participating students collected scientific information to create snapshots of the river at dozens of locations. They will 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.

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