Our Montessori School brought three classes of first through sixth-grade students to George’s Island to participate in a statewide quest to monitor the Hudson River’s health.
On Oct. 14, students seined, measured turbidity, worked the chemistry of the water and studied currents and tides. “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River” brought classroom studies to reality. The students were amazed to see the salinity and PH change as the tides rolled in. They loved the changing turbidity and the sediment sampling but were surprised to find very little river life when seining.
The students have been studying the river as part of their science/social studies curriculum. That week they had finished water-testing experiments in the classroom and were very excited to be at the river participating in the testing first hand.
Science teacher, Cheri Baron holds the hydrometer while Our Montessori School student Owen Pietsch from Ossining interprets the results.
Holly Bauschard, parent volunteer from Our Montessori School, helps Tom O’Dowd, a volunteer for the “Day in the Life of the Hudson River” project, with seining while the students anticipate what they’ve found.
Our Montessori School student Max Schwartz from Yoktown Heights collects a water sample in the hydrometer.
Science teacher, Cheri Baron, gives Our Montessori School student Bryce Edwards from Montrose the “thumbs up” for his hypothesis on the pH testing results.
Tom O’Dowd, a volunteer for the “Day in the Life of the Hudson River” project explains seining to Our Montessori School students Joseph Diaz (Mohegan Lake), Sydney Schwartz (Yorktown Heights) and Jack McDaid (Putnam Valley) as they collect data.
All photos by Brian Edwards, courtesy Our Montessori School.