Using science and education to understand and protect rivers, estuaries and other natural resources.

Opening this Weekend! Gallery Exhibit

John Sabraw


Art by Matthew Ma

John Sabraw's "Anthrotopographies" invites viewers through landscapes equally sublime and terrifying, unearthing the beauty and brutality of topographies affected by extraction of natural resources.

Discover how Sabraw translates raw materials and pollutants like toxic acid mine drainage (AMD) into pigments, and uses advanced tools to burn and excavate his pieces, echoing extractive practices in his work.

Learn more here!

2018 Highlights

ESI:Beacon 2018
Denning's Point Invasion!
July 16-20 & 23-24

Our 2018 TEAM (technology, environment, art and media) Summer Science program focused on invasive species on Denning’s Point, comprising 7 days of science walks, field research, turning data into art, media creation and more this past July!

Sat, 6/9 WOW! for Kids: Incredible Insects

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Collect and identify aquatic and field insects on Denning's Point! Bring the family and join Carl Heitmuller of Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for an outdoor nature program.

Sat, 5/26 History Walk & Talk w/Karen Gell


Take a stroll through Denning's Point history with Karen Gell, Beacon Institute educator, from human beginnings in 4,000BC through modern park renaissance

Sat, 5/5 Denning's Point Cleanup

35 volunteers  joined us May 5th

35 volunteers joined us May 5th

During the 2018 Denning's Point Cleanup As part of Riverkeeper Sweep and I Love My Park Day, we cleared 1,200 lbs of trash and recyclables from the shoreline.

Notable finds include a car bumper, 4 tires, a section of floating dock, trash cans, and over 200 plastic bottles.



Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)

A hybrid online and in-person Clarkson Master of Science in Engineering Management for working professionals. In July 2017, we will celebrate with our 5th cohort of graduating students.
Learn more and apply

Our Facilities

2018 Main St. Gallery hours:
Mon 1-5PM
Sat 3-7PM  |  2nd Sat 3-9PM
Sun 10AM-2PM

The Big Picture

Learn how Beacon Institute of Clarkson University puts research, education and policy to work, expanding the understanding of waterways for the benefit of human health, ecosystem restoration, economic development and quality of life. 

Past events

Click here for more event highlights from our 2017 season.