Environmental education through arts and science in Hudson Valley schools

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River Of Words (ROW) connects school age children to the Hudson watershed, educating them about Hudson Valley ecology and empowering them to understand and protect natural resources.

ROW educators work with local classroom teachers to help students gain proficiency in English Language Arts and Science through nature-based workshops.

Students produce writing and art pieces that transform fun ROW experiences into serious learning outcomes.

ROW trains teachers to use nature as a learning laboratory and ties all its nature-inspired, outdoor-based programming to the NYS P-12 Learning Standards (ELA, NYSS).

The Hudson Valley regional ROW was founded and built by Hudson Highlands Land Trust into a thriving school-based educational program. The program found a new home at Beacon Institute|Clarkson University in 2018. HHLT continues to support ROW as a program sponsor.

“The Food Web workshops give my students great insight into the circle of life. The creative activities allow the students to experience learning in a fun and engaging way. That’s why we invite ROW back year after year!”           -Scott Sperling,
                   4th grade teacher,
Putnam Valley Elementary School

ROW incorporates observation-based nature exploration and the arts into traditional education. Our educators deliver 45-minute workshops during the day on school grounds including outdoor field study with creative activities. Beacon Institute offers a regional version of ROW to schools in the Hudson Valley, using the resources and materials of the international program, while focusing on the Hudson River watershed.

ROW workshops are run by award-winning authors, certified educators and experienced interpretive naturalists. All ROW programs are constantly updated to satisfy evolving NYS Learning Standards.

Contact us to learn more, schedule workshops, or inquire about creating custom programming.


At the end of the school year, we feature student works in culminating ROW events. Previously, Poetry Trails were installed in area nature preserves, and in the future Beacon Institute's Gallery will host ROW exhibits.

For more information and to register your class for workshops, contact ROW Program Coordinator
Elise LaRocco at riverofwords@clarkson.edu.

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ROW is now available to classes in Beacon, Newburgh, Wappingers, and other Beacon area school districts!
Contact riverofwords@clarkson.edu


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