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 


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 seining, water quality testing, fish identification, and ecosystem explorations right at the Hudson River's shoreline. 

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. See what students completed this summer!

Public and Family

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of family friendly programs offered at our Dennings Point headquarters. Our Park Visitor's Center offers public nature and river education; WOW! For Kids provides live animal collection and hands-on nature education; Walks & Talks offers naturalist trail walks at Dennings Point.

Learn more about our Public and Family Programs

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

Hudson River at Beacon Institute

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 community science. 

Learn more about our current research projects.

Clarkson, in partnership with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is leading New York state’s new Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions. This collaboration focuses on addressing complex challenges around aquatic systems and water infrastructures and allows experts and students to deliver technology innovations and research-based solutions with local partners. The Center works with industry and government to develop early warning systems to monitor, model, predict and avoid threats to water and the natural environment. The Center also develops management best practices and ecosystem designs to improve the resilience of New York state’s water assets. Read more on Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions