Did you know that eels swim past Wave Hill every spring? Get the real deal about eels and their Hudson River ecosystem at Wave Hill’s Hudson River Eel Weekend. Meet scientists studying eel migration, make eel-themed art and see live eels. You’ll look at the river in a whole new way!
Family Art Project: The Epic of an Eel
Celebrate the arduous journey eels make during their annual migration, their adaptations and the place eels call home. Create your own puppet theater to act out your own stories about these epic underwater adventures.
Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm
Meet the Eels
Families are invited to drop by to see live eels, with a science educator from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Eel Project. Ages five and older welcome with an adult. Saturday 1pm-1:30pm
Nature Talk: The Incredible Journey of the American Eel
A science educator from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Eel Project shares the incredible journey of Anguilla rostrata with images, artifacts—and live eels! Hear how scientists, students and community volunteers are gathering information about local eel populations by catching, counting and releasing thousands of tiny “glass eels” as they swim up the Hudson River estuary each spring. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult.
Counting Eels at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak
Every spring, juvenile American eels swim 1,000 miles from the Sargasso Sea to freshwater streams along the Hudson River. Join Wave Hill and environmental educator Jason Muller at The Center for the Urban River at Beczak in Yonkers—easily accessible by car and Metro-North—to collect data on migrating eels and their ecosystem. Put on waders and head out into the river to collect eels and other creatures in the fyke nets, or stay on shore to assist with recording water quality data and counting and weighing the little eels before releasing them back into the river. The data collected from CURB and other sites as part of this citizen science research project provides crucial information about young eel populations in the Hudson River. For adults and families with kids eight and older.
Sunday, 2pm-3:30pm. $10 fee.
Admission to Wave Hill is free until noon on Saturday.