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Center for the Urban River at Beczak

An academic research facility in Yonkers beyond the College's campus, the Center for the Urban River at Beczak is located on the banks of the Hudson River at Habirshaw Park, and features a welcoming riverfront lawn, an easily accessible tidal marsh, and a beach used for river exploration and seining.

Sarah Lawrence College and the launch of the Center for the Urban River at Beczak will provide a broad educational platform, establish a Hudson River research program, and incorporate service learning and citizen science projects in the Yonkers community.

Students, Faculty, and Staff have the opportunity to engage in:

  • On-site academic research in Environmental Science with a focus on the Hudson River.
  • Experiential Environmental Education programs at the K-12 level.
  • Service Learning Field Work in Yonkers; including citizen science and environmental monitoring programs.
  • Pre-College Intensive Courses in Environmental Science and Environmental Education.
  • Graduate level Teacher Training Institutes in Environmental Education.
  • Writing and art programs, music events, lectures, and many more related activities.

The Center for the Urban River occupies the former Beczak Environmental Education Center, a well-loved river exploration and interpretative center that has been offering programs for adults and children for over twenty years. Its name honors Joe Beczak, one of the Hudson River enthusiasts who taught children about the Hudson in the 1970s.

For more information:

Ryan Palmer 
Director, Center for the Urban River at Beczak
35 Alexander St., Yonkers, NY 10701
Sarah Lawrence College
Office: (914) 377 - 1900 x15
Email: rpalmer@sarahlawrence.edu

LOGO - Center for the Urban River


One Day, Two Hudson River Experiences

Environmental education programming with Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak and the Science Barge.

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Download the 2013-2014 Program

2013-2014 Hudson River Exploration Programs (PDF)