Water Ecology Center Offerings

WOW! for Families

WOW! for Families provides hands-on nature education by bringing participants face to face with live animals! 

Past events have included:

Owl You Need to Know
Meet a live Eastern Screech Owl and uncover the nighttime world of these predators at dark. Learn about the fascinating adaptations owls have developed to survive and thrive in the hours humans rest.

Jr. Paleontologist
Become a young scientist and learn about the three time periods of the dinosaurs using real fossils and replicas. 

WOW! Bugtastic
Explore and identify field insects around the grounds of our Water Ecology Center and learn about the lifestyles and lifecycles of these fascinating friends.

Park Cleanup

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries hosts an annual volunteer day for local community members to get involved in keeping Denning's Point State Park clean for our visitors and wildlife. 

Park Visitor's Center

Clarkson University's Water Ecology Center (WEC) is located in Denning's Point State Park, in the heart of the city of Beacon's active Hudson River waterfront. The WEC is also a Public Visitor's Center and is located near the entrance to the Denning's Point State Park's public walking trail. 

WOW! for Kids, Walk & Talks, and other special events are all hosted at the WEC.

The WEC building and exhibits are open to the public and staffed by educators from Clarkson University's Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Walk & Talks

Led by Clarkson's Beacon environmental staff and regional experts, our Walk & Talks are informative and engaging naturalist trail walks around Denning's Point.

Main Street Offerings

Art Gallery

Located in the dynamic West End district of Beacon's Main Street, this historic brick storefront houses the Beacon Institute's gallery and administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits. 

Current 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.

Sensor Place

Sensor Place is an interactive learning space in our Main Street storefront designed to promote science literacy and environmental awareness for visitors of all ages. The 3D virtual watershed encourages visitors to "play in the sand," bringing forth concepts of hydrology, topography and geomorphology with this real-time sandbox experiment! Create a virtual ecosystem and "make it rain," channel water flows and sculpt the landscape with your bare hands. 

Summer Programs

Eco-Leaders Day Camp
July 19 - 23, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 PM

199 Dennings Ave, Beacon, NY
Clarkson's Water Ecology Center, Denning's Point State Park, Beacon

In this experiential program, high school students gain exposure to topics within the environmental science field such as water quality, sustainable engineering, invasive species, and wilderness survival.  The goals of the camp are to spark a passion for environmental stewardship and foster leaders in sustainability and environmental science.

Register Here

Mother Nature & Me Summer Camp
1st - 4th grade students (15 max)
July 26 - 30 and/or August 2 - 6, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

199 Dennings Ave, Beacon NY
Clarkson's Water Ecology Center, Denning's Point State Park, Beacon

Students will spend their time engaged in nature exploration and play.  Programming will include hands-on science explorations, sensory and nature awareness, and creative expression.

Register Here