Field Trips

The River Project's Field Trip Program offers students from New York City schools the opportunity to experience the ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuary. The program introduces students and teachers to marine science and issues of urban ecology through informative lectures on New York City waterway-related topics and hands-on activities at the Wetlab at Pier 40 or aboard the steamship Lilac at Pier 25 in Manhattan. Visits are designed by The River Project staff to fit the ages, goals, and expectations of each participating group, and can be subject-specific upon request. The programs enable teachers and students of all ages to experience field science at work in an urban environment. 

Trip Options

Wetlab: Estuary on the Pier (Pier 40)
This program provides in-depth discussions of the ecological history of the Hudson River Estuary as well examination and handling of live, native species from the Hudson River in The River Project’s Wetlab on Pier 40. The Wetlab houses a 3,500 gallon flow-through aquarium system populated by native species of the Hudson River Estuary, allowing visitors to meet local native species face to face. Students will learn about the morphology and ecological roles of the live and preserved organisms on display and the importance of conservation in an urban setting. Through use of water-testing and species sampling equipment, students explore relationships between estuary inhabitants and their environment. TRP educators can work with visiting educators to tailor field trip experiences so they are relevant to classroom curriculum. This trip has a maximum capacity of 40 students.   

FISH: Field Investigations in Science on the Hudson (Pier 25)
The FISH program offers students an experience that combines maritime history with marine science. Students are led aboard the historic steamship Lilac by TRP educators who provide a brief tour through the decks and rooms of the ship, emphasizing the historic importance of the lighthouse tender. After the tour, students pull up fish traps and crab pots to examine the catch of the day and contribute to The River Project’s 30-year Fish Ecology Study. Many fascinating fish and intriguing invertebrates are caught and released as part of this species monitoring program, and this program provides key insight into the community of species that inhabit the brackish waters surrounding lower Manhattan. A full list of species caught in this species-monitoring program can be found here. This trip has a maximum capacity of 25 students.

Booking a Trip

TRP Trip Availability Calendar on  Explorable Places! !

TRP Trip Availability Calendar on Explorable Places!!

**Field trip slots are currently fully booked for the remainder of the 2019 season. If you are interested in joining our wait list, please email**

In order to view our field trip availability, pricing options, and request a field trip, please check out The River Project's Explorable Places page. Simply follow the link, find your preferred field trip program, click the 'Book Now' button, find a time slot that works for your group, and request it! Please note that while most available time slots are listed for 10:00 am-12:00 pm,  there is some flexibility to schedule classes at different start times. If you are interested in booking a trip later in the day, or have any other questions about field trip scheduling, please contact Education Coordinator Toland Kister at

For more information about trip content and rates, or other questions about The River Project's field trip program, please contact Director of Education Melissa Rex at or call (212) 233-3030. Field trip season is March through November. The River Project does not host field trips in December, January or February because our Wetlab is closed. 

** In order to cover the costs of programming, TRP requires a minimum of $150 in compensation for formal field trip programs. **