Spring Events 2021


Sunday Yoga in the Park: April 25 - June 27

Location: Water Ecology Center
Time: 10 a.m.
Sundays, April 25 - June 27

Return to your practice this spring with outdoor yoga classes with BeBhakti Yoga at our Water Ecology Center in Denning's Point Park. All sessions outdoors. Pre-registration required.

Denning's Point Cleanup:  May 1

Location: Denning's Point Trailhead, Denning's Point Park
Time: 8 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 1

Join us for a beach and park clean-up event that's part of the 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep. Pre-registration required.


Waterfront Invasive Species Cleanup and Training - May 1

Location: Beacon Sloop Club, 1 Red Flynn Dr., Beacon NY
Time: 8:45 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 1

Join Beacon Sloop Club, the Beacon Institute, and Riverkeeper for an invasive species training and clean-up event at Beacon Waterfront. Rebecca Rew will provide invasive species identification training and a cleanup will follow. Pre-registration required.


Walk & Talk: Bird Watching for Beginners - May 8

Location: Meet at Water Ecology Center
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 8

Beginner birders, get ready to learn how to identify birds in the Hudson Valley! In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, join educator Rebecca Rew for a walk through Denning's Point to listen for and observe a variety of birds. Binoculars not required but are recommended. Pre-registration required.


Virtual Event: Spring Plants of the Hudson Valley - May 5

Zoom Webinar
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5

Celebrate spring and learn how to identify plants common to the Northeast U.S. in this user-friendly webinar. Pre-registration required. 

Educational Programs

Beacon Institute offers a variety of educational programs for K-12, public and family and professional studies.

K-12 STEAM and Environmental Programs Citizen Science Programs Mother Nature and Me: Pre-K-8 enrichment


The Hudson STEAM program aims to connect students of all ages to the Hudson River Valley. Through in-class workshops and field trips to Dennings Point State Park, students get the opportunity to learn about the dynamic watershed of the Hudson River. Our state of the art Water Ecology Center and an experienced education staff foster experiential learning at its best. Students participate in activities such as siening, water quality testing, fish identification, and ecosystem explorations right at the Hudson River's shoreline. 

River of Words (ROW) brings students together with our team of inspiring instructors, experts in the fields of Art, ELA, and Science. ROW educators connect through place-based artscapes, creative writing, and field science workshops. 

TAP (Tributary Assessment Project) is a two day project- and place-based learning module with field and lab day components where students analyze samples, collect data, and publish results. 

TEAM Summer Science Weeks are led by scientists and educators in July and August and are open to K-8 students.

Public and Family

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of family friendly programs offered both at Denning's Point and our location on Main St. in Beacon. Our Park Visitor's Center offers public nature and river education; WOW! For Kids provides live animal experiences and hands-on nature education; Walks & Talks offers naturalist trail walks at Denning's Point; the Art Gallery celebrates and showcases environmental artists collaborating with scientists; and Sensor Place creates hands-on, water science learning at Beacon Main St. 

Learn more about our Public and Family Programs

Current Gallery Exhibit: "Blessing Waters," by Jane Colgan

Colgan's inspired estuary and coastal landscapes show her relationship with and appreciation for water "in her gentle beauty, her vast power, and her fathomless generosity."


Executive & Professional

Clarkson offers a Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program at the Beacon Institute. The hybrid MSEM degree consists of 30 credit hours that can be completed within 24 months. It blends in-person and online classroom learning for a worker-friendly and extraordinarily flexible experience. 

Learn more about the MSEM program

Clarkson also offers an Master of Science in Data Analytics program. Online students can build part-time or full-time schedules that work for them. Part-time students generally finish the program in about 2 years. 

Learn more about the Data Analytics MS


Healthy Water Research

Research at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is at the core of our mission and vision, and is aligned with Clarkson's focus on healthy world solutions that ultimately protect the air, water and habitats. Interdisciplinary faculty teams collaborate across fields to proactively integrate environmental concerns into best management practices. Our research currently focuses on invasive species and hydrology with field study and citizen science. 

Learn more about our current research projects.

Clarkson was recently designated along with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to launch New York state's new Center of Excellence (CoE) in Healthy Water Solutions. The two partners plan a collaborative model to deploy experts and students to deliver technology innovations and research-based solutions with local partners taking on complex challenges in their aquatic systems and water infrastructures. Focusing on water and the natural environment, the CoE will work with industry, government and regional university collaborators to develop early-warning systems to monitor, model, predict and avoid threats before they become issues. The center will also work on management practices and ecosystem design to improve the resilience of New York state's water assets. Read more