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.
Spring 2022 Hours
Water Ecology Center - Open Saturdays and Sundays
199 Dennings Ave., Beacon, NY
inside Dennings Point State Park
Saturdays: 10 am - 2 pm
Sundays: 10 am - 2 pm
Meet our live animals, explore our ecology exhibits and more. Clarkson's Beacon Institute and Water Ecology Center is open to public visitors, student groups and families. Attend our open visitor hours or reach out to arrange a guided visit.
Visits outside weekend hours can be arranged. Depending on timing and group size, a modest per person fee may apply. To inquire, email Brigette Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.