New York City residents and visitors can learn about the habitats and living resources of New York Harbor and have fun on the downtown waterfront at our annual series of free Summer Science Events. The events introduce people to nature and science in the Hudson River estuary, foster stewardship, and encourage conservation. The focus is on wildlife in the city's waterways, including its fishes, invertebrates, birds and plants, and the ecosystem that supports them and us.
The Summer Science Events offer a range of activities to appeal to many audiences: formal lectures and discussions of scientific topics, gourmet tastings that promote the Hudson River as a natural resource, research presentations by participants of The River Project's Marine Biology Internship Program, and the Environmental Education Expo (formerly the Teacher's Open House). In LIVE! From the Bottom of New York Harbor, a semi-annual event, divers with audiovisual equipment transmit big-screen images and sound from underwater to an audience on the pier above while a panel of marine scientists adds interpretive narration and answers questions.
Event funders have included Con Edison, the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program, the NY–NJ Harbor Estuary Program, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Patagonia, Electra Information Systems, and the National Science Foundation. Significant in-kind support has been provided by organizations, companies and academic institutions including the Hudson River Park Trust, Hudson River Foundation, New York City Soil and Water Conservation District, NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, Stevens Institute of Technology, Halcrow HPA, Friends of Hudson River Park, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and Hudson Basin River Watch.