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College of Mount Saint Vincent Students Participate in 10th Annual Day in the Life of the Hudson Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
10/3/2012 - Riverdale, N.Y. – College of Mount Saint Vincent students and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Patricia Grove will join three thousand students and teachers from New York State to engage in a hands-on exploration of the Hudson River on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Pat Grove and Students October 2012
Students who explored the Hudson River with College of Mount Saint Vincent
Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Patricia Grove 
Thursday, October 4, 2012.

This annual event, organized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is intended to connect New Yorkers to nature. DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program helps prepare students to become stewards of the river’s water quality and natural resources, according to a DEC release. The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

The events’ celebrating the 10th annual Day in the Life of the Hudson will occur along 70 waterfront acres between NYC and Troy, N.Y. Students will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish and invertebrates in nets, track the river’s tides and currents, and examine water chemistry parameters. Beyond just a field trip, a “Day in the Life” allows students to collect firsthand information about their communities’ natural resources, and explore how their piece of the river fits into the larger ecosystem.

Sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program, the “Day in the Life” event is in its tenth year. In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and Cornell’s NYS Water Resource Institute, the Estuary Program has recruited and trained river educators to work with students at each site.  Findings will be posted online within days of the event.

For more information on the event, visit the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html .

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college. It combines a strong core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and selected professional fields of study, including accounting, business administration, education, and nursing. Through its School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the College extends its primary undergraduate mission by offering high quality graduate studies in business, education and nursing and an array of undergraduate and certificate programs serving non-traditional students. Mount Saint Vincent is located on a pastoral campus in New York City, with easy access to all the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that the City affords.

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