Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is the Hudson Valley campus of Clarkson University located in Beacon, NY - with administrative headquarters located on Main Street and a state-of-the-art educational facility on Denning's Point, Beacon, NY.
As its mission, Clarkson University's Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries ignites citizen science, user-inspired R&D and education through collaboration and creative innovation to inspire sustainable solutions for estuary and freshwater ecosystems throughout the Hudson Valley and across New York State.
True to its mission, the campus serves as both a research institute focused on healthy water solutions and a provider of educational services, including K-12, public and family and professional graduate programs.
Learn more about our growing Hudson Valley campus.
Winter 2021 Hours
Clarkson's Beacon Institute Gallery and Water Ecology Center are open to public visitors, student groups and families by appointment. For school groups, we offer a range of virtual programming direct to your classroom. Meet our live animals, explore our ecology exhibits, and enjoy inspiring environmental art. Outdoor environmental and STEM programs based from our campus in Denning's Point State Park can be arranged. See "Educational Programs" below for more information on in-person and virtual options.
Availability is flexible, 7 days a week, except certain dates and holidays. Depending on timing and group size, a modest per person fee may apply. To inquire, email Brigette Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarkson's Beacon Institute Gallery
199 Main St., Beacon, NY
Live Animal Exhibits: Meet animals of the Hudson watershed and beyond, and learn how fish, turtles, snakes and more survive and thrive throughout the seasons.
Current Art Exhibit: Jane Colgan "Blessing Waters" - 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."
Water Ecology Center
199 Denning's Ave, Beacon, NY
inside Denning's Point State Park
Current Ecology Exhibit:
Critter Cribs: Hudson River Habitats - Bring the family to learn about the animals of the Hudson River and Denning's Point Park. Get an insider's view of their homes and habits in this habitat walk for all ages.
For the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, and in compliance with state and federal guidance, social distancing practices must be followed. Indoor and outdoor activity groups are limited to a preset number of participants. Masks must be worn at all times inside facilities and throughout in-person programs; as well as on the trails and premises whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.