Haldane and Garrison Students Become River Scientists

Guided by land trust educators during daylong study

Students and teachers from Haldane and Garrison schools took part on Oct. 20 in the 14th annual statewide testing of the Hudson River. Led by educators from the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, the program is designed to give students up and down the Hudson an opportunity to collect scientific information about aquatic life, water chemistry, tides and weather and to  create snapshots at dozens of locations.

Haldane students Liam Mooney, Lola Ritell and Megan Ferreira study the results of a salinity test at Little Stony Point. (Photo provided)

Haldane students Liam Mooney, Lola Ritell and Megan Ferreira study the results of a salinity test at Little Stony Point. (Photo provided)

The results are shared online so students can understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem. Pete Salmansohn worked with students from Haldane Middle School at Little Stony Point in Cold Spring, and Lisa Mechaley and Nicole Wooten were stationed at Garrison’s Landing with middle schoolers from the Garrison School.

Garrison science teacher Kevin Keegan and student John Vogel seine the river at Garrison's Landing to catch fish and other aquatic life for identification. (Photo provided)

Garrison science teacher Kevin Keegan and student John Vogel seine the river at Garrison’s Landing to catch fish and other aquatic life for identification. (Photo provided)

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