Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is the Hudson Valley campus of Clarkson University, with administrative headquarters and a state-of-the-art educational facility on Dennings Point, Beacon, NY.
The Institute's mission is to ignite community science, user-inspired R&D and education through collaboration and creative innovation, inspiring 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 at all levels, including K-12, public and family and professional graduate programs.
The vision of the Institute is to be a leader in inclusive environmental education, science and research practices in an effort to build a community of scientifically literate stewards.
Clarkson's Beacon Institute embodies a unique educational ecosystem for students of diverse backgrounds. We value experiences that develop the whole person while fostering community engagement, critical thinking, and social and emotional learning.
Learn more about our growing Hudson Valley campus.
Fall 2021 Hours
Clarkson's Beacon Institute and Water Ecology Center is open to public visitors, student groups and families by appointment. For school groups, we offer a range of programming. Meet our live animals, explore our ecology exhibits, and more. Outdoor environmental and STEM programs based from our campus in Dennings Point State Park can be arranged. To inquire, email Brigette Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Water Ecology Center - Open for select public events
199 Dennings Ave., Beacon, NY
inside Dennings Point State Park
Current exhibit: "Mapping Native New York" by Evan Pritchard.
Author and educator Evan Pritchard presents a series of large wall maps 10+ years in the making, detailing the world of Algonquin Civilizations who were original inhabitants of the Lower Hudson Valley, including Dennings Point.
Featured maps, displayed on 6 foot tall panels, depict the thriving native civilizations who inhabited what is now Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, and areas from New Jersey to Rhode Island.