Lower School Students Explore the Hudson River

By Beth Lemire, Lower School Science Specialist

The fourth grade science classes and the Planeteers after-school science enrichment program for fifth graders took a learning adventure down the Hudson River in October. They went aboard the Clearwater, a replica of the sloops that sailed in the 18th and 19th centuries on the Hudson.

Through well-organized learning stations aboard the boat, the students examined a live eel from the river, heard a brief history of the Hudson River, studied the water quality, learned about the Hudson River School artists, and helped hoist the sails—a job done while singing sea shanties! Through these activities, the children began to recognize the significance of this great river and the need to preserve it as a natural resource. As one student noted, “I really enjoyed spending the day on the water learning so much about the Hudson River and all of its treasures!”

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