Dutchess County is home to a number of different research institutions that focus on the environment, including academic, not-for-profit, and independent facilities. Each of the following groups conduct research relating to local watersheds.
Founded in 1860, Bard is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences.
Beacon Institute is a not-for-profit environmental research organization with the mission to create and maintain a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding rivers and estuaries.
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is dedicated to the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about ecological systems. This knowledge is created through scientific research, disseminated through teaching, writing, and exhibits, and applied through participation in decision-making regarding the ecological management of natural resources and through promotion of a broader awareness about the importance of ecological relationships to human welfare.
Dutchess Community College is one of the best community colleges in New York state for academic excellence and the success of graduates.
The Dutchess Area Environmental Science Advisory Network (ESAN) aims to promote the improved scientific understanding of critical environmental issues by the public and local community officials, and exchange of environmental science data, through the collection, analysis, sharing and diffusion of reliable and unbiased scientific data.
Hudson Basin River Watch (HBRW) works to improve the water quality of the Hudson River and all its tributaries through education, community involvement, and stewardship. HBRW provides hands-on science education programs to schools and stream monitoring workshops to environmental organizations, individuals, and agencies.
Since 1981, Hudsonia has conducted environmental research, education, training and technical assistance to protect the natural heritage of the Hudson Valley and neighboring regions. A non-advocacy organization, Hudsonia serves as a neutral voice in the challenging process of land use decision-making.
Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine and the Princeton Review, and by Barron's Best Buys in College Education, is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process.
The mission of the Hudson River Estuary Program is to: conserve the natural resources for which the Hudson is legendary, promote full public use and enjoyment of the river, and clean up the pollution that affects our ability to use and enjoy it.
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a research and public outreach wing of Vassar’s Environmental Studies program. The ERI promotes and funds multidisciplinary research and education, hosts educational events and conferences, and acts as a bridge to the larger Hudson Valley community on environmental concerns.