Leveraging science and education to understand and protect rivers, estuaries and other important freshwater resources.


Enjoy your Winter!

See you soon at our Spring 2018 programs. Meantime,
visit us at our Main St. Gallery

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 (cont.)

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!

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

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. 

Our Facilities

2018 Main St. Gallery hours:
Mon 1-5PM
Sat 3-7PM  |  2nd Sat 4-9PM
Sun 10-2PM