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
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!