Spring 2018 Highlights

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 industrializing for brick making to 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.

Sat, 4/28 Herbal Walk & Talk on Denning's Point with Sarah Elizabeth


Sarah Elisabeth, an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. led 18 explorers around Denning's Point examining wild edibles and healing herbs.

Sat, 4/7 WOW! for Kids:
If you care, leave them there


How do we treat wildlife we encounter in unusual scenarios? Environmental educator Carl Heitmuller, of Hudson Highlands Nature museum, talked about reacting to wildlife in various situations, from fawns on your lawn to turtles crossing roads

Sun, 3/11 Eel like I do
how to be a citizen scientist


Grace Ballou, DEC Citizen Science Educator taught 25 attendees how to become a citizen scientist with American eels and more community science projects.

More info and registration:

2017 Highlights

Second Saturday 12/9
Exhibit Opening: BeaconArts Retrospective 15
(through March 2018)


100+ visitors attended the opening of the BeaconArts Retrospective:15 exhibit in our Main Street Gallery. The show emphasizes nature imagery and highlights the supportive interplay between art and community.

Wed, 10/28 WOW! for Kids: Creepy Crawlies


Spooky live critters including a snake, tarantula, toad, and hissing cockroaches arrived for a Halloween-time meeting with 20+ Gallery visitors and returning educator Carl Heitmuller.

Wed, 10/12 Day in the Life of the Hudson River


24 middle schoolers joined Beacon Institute and Hudson Highlands Land Trust for a co-sponsored Day in the Life of the Hudson River 2017. Young river science explorers tested water quality in river samples and seined for aquatic life with guidance from staff of both groups in this state-wide event organized by NY state DEC.


Sat, 9/23 10am WOW! for Kids: Hoot and holler

20+ raptor fans joined environmental educator Carl Heitmuller, getting up close and personal with a live Eastern Screech Owl in our Main Street Gallery. Register





2017 Highlights

Thurs, 9/21 Hudson Boat Tour  Crossing the River: Following the Waoraneck trail

35 voyagers embarked on a 2.5 hour tour to Bannerman's Island and back with Evan Pritchard, Native American author and historian, to explore an ancient cross-Hudson trade route.    

Sat, 9/16 SUBMERGE!
NYC Marine Science Festival

Beacon Institute joined dozens of river and ocean science groups and thousands of visitors young and old at the annual SUBMERGE Festival, presented on NYC"s Hudson Pier 26 by Hudson River Park and supported by Clarkson University. We engaged the public in learning about Hudson River tidal influence with our traveling salinity sensing exhibit.

6/3 WOW! for Kids:
Reptiles and Amphibians


Kids and families were delighted in meeting turtles, frogs, toads and snakes up close in a live animal encounter in our Gallery, led by Hudson Highland Nature Museum educator Megan Hoffman

5/18 Eco Café:
How We Grow Sustainable Busines

Entrepreneurs, educators, and community members gathered to connect and discuss growing our Hudson Valley green economy through creativity, innovation and partnership.

5/6 volunteer day:
Denning's Point Sweep

credit: Brian DiFeo

credit: Brian DiFeo

30+ volunteers joined together to spruce up Denning's Point on Sat, May 6. The group removed 1,140 pounds of trash and recyclables from the shoreline as part of the 6th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep. See pics and details here

4/20 Eco Café kickoff:
What Are Whales Doing in the Hudson River?

A humpback whale was sighted in the Hudson River in late 2016 for the first time in recent memory. Historian and educator Evan Pritchard shared a Native American perspective on their historic return.

ESI:Beacon Environmental Science Investigators

ESI (Environmental Science Investigators) launched in July 2017 with 25 middle schoolers pursuing a week-long scientific pond study and communications project. Combining fun, fact-finding and physical science, ESI 2017 was co-led by Clarkson biology professor Stefanie Kring and Beacon science teacher Jeanette Lynch.

Learn more about ESI 2017. We will return in summer 2018- watch this space!