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The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area strongly believes in education as a key component for creating future generations of stewards who will preserve and promote our cultural and natural resources. 

To that end, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is pleased to provide information on educational programs and initiatives of our partner organizations. 

Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) hosts a free on-line library of nearly 200 activities and lesson plans related to places in the region along with  a map of more than 250 sites of cultural, historic, or natural significance.  [This resource is linked to NYS standards and covers nearly every subject area.  Anyone can add their own plans or suggest variations on those already posted, so the collection is constantly growing and developing. ] THV also hosts an annual summer institute and other programs for teachers and site educators and makes field trip and curriculum  development grants.   

Teaching the Hudson Valley is a program of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Hudson River Valley Greenway; the National Park Service’s Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York  State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.

Field Trip Grants


The Hudson River Estuary Program leads a partnership to conserve natural resources, promote public use and enjoyment of the river, and clean up pollution that affects our ability to use and enjoy the Hudson. The International River Foundation has recognized the Hudson River Estuary Program as one of the world’s top five river management programs. The Hudson River Estuary Program has lesson plans in all disciplines for grades 3-5. 


The Hudson River Valley Institute is the academic arm of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Its mission is to study and promote the Valley and to provide the public with a range of educational resources.  HRVI has many lesson plans for grades 4-12. 

The River that Defined America

National Geographic - The Hudson