October 30, 2017




Clearwater gets grant for estuary education

BEACON – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Rockefeller Brothers Fund to support the environmental group’s Estuary Education Initiative. The new program’s aim is to teach thousands of children about the links between scientific research and environmental policy.

“As grassroots educators and storytellers, we are in a unique position to tell the story of how partners, including Rockefeller Brothers Fund, have worked together to create a sustainable Hudson Valley,” said Clearwater Director of Development Wren Longo.

“In 1968, Steven Rockefeller hosted one of the original gatherings to raise funds to build the Sloop Clearwater at the Rockefeller Farm Barn in Pocantico Hills,” said Clearwater Board Chairwoman Betsy Garthwaite. “That history gives this award special meaning as we embark upon new ways of teaching the history of the Hudson River environmental movement, bringing the river to schools and schools to the river.”

By August 2019, Clearwater anticipates the science curriculum will reach 50 educators, 5,000 students and 500 members of the public, and will be widely shared through professional development conferences and showcased prominently on the Clearwater website and social media.

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