What you'll do
This fall, discover the animals that live beneath the surface of the Hudson River! Start off the experience by joining The River Project’s staff in the Wetlab on the south walkway of Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. After hearing a little about the Wetlab, a marine biology research station and flow-through aquarium, you will get a tour of the tanks to learn about about the wide variety of native animals that reside there. Guests will have the chance to get face-to-face with native Hudson River animals like blue crabs, striped bass, seahorses and more! After experiencing the Wetlab, groups will move to our floating dock, looking out on the lower Manhattan skyline, to explore TRP’s ongoing oyster restoration projects. Guests will learn about the history of oysters and New York and hear about work local organizations are doing to restore the oyster populations in NY Harbor. You’ll also get the chance to meet the largest oyster found in the NY harbor in over a 100 years! You will walk away from this experience knowing that the Hudson River is not only alive but is experiencing a resurgence in animal populations and overall ecological health!
Nina Hitchings, The River Project's Wetlab Director / Head of Interns, has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in natural sciences and a chemistry minor from Green Mountain College. She has been with The River Project since June of 2008, starting as a summer intern in the Marine Biology Internship Program. Nina was hired as Assistant Head of Interns in September of 2008, and became Head of Interns in September of 2009. She has studied a broad range of environmental sciences and has a specific interest in marine ecological systems.
About the organization
The River Project
The River Project (TRP) is a marine science field station that has operated in lower Manhattan since 1986. TRP works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary and New York Harbor through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, habitat improvement, and innovative waterfront programs.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The River Project.
Where you'll be
We will meet at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park near TriBeCa and Greenwich Village. This experience will begin in the Wetlab on the south side of Pier 40. The Wetlab houses a 3,500-gallon flow-through system aquarium stocked with Hudson River animals that are caught and released seasonally. As the only public marine science field station in Manhattan, the Wetlab is an important resource for the scientific community and the general public!
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
Pier 40 can sometimes be difficult to navigate. If you are having trouble finding the Wetlab please contact The River Project's office.
Meet the Hudson River's largest oyster
$40 / personNew experience
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