Environmental education through arts and science in Hudson Valley schools

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River Of Words (ROW) educates and connects children throughout the region to the nature and scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley and instills a sense of stewardship in our youngest residents.

Students transform their outdoor experiences and natural observations into poetry, art and science.

Our programs focus on environmental science and local history. ROW trains local teachers to use nature as a learning laboratory, conducts student workshops and ties nature-inspired, outdoor-based programming to the New York State Core Curriculum Standards.

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 tailored to and satisfy NY State Learning Standards.


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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