How many times a week do you either cross, drive beside, or see from a train window, the Hudson River? Do you swim or boat on the river? We're lucky to have such a beautiful and important waterway right in our backyard, but sometimes, when you get to see something almost everyday, it's easy to take it for granted. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Project is doing anything but.

Created in 1987, they continue to help people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and the beautiful valley we call home. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, this Thursday, almost 4700 students from middle schools, high schools, colleges, elementary schools from New York City all the way up to Troy will be working with New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Project as scientists for the day.

These students will not only be collecting data hands-on, they will also be analyzing it, working alongside scientists and educators. They'll learn how to help protect the Hudson River Estuary and learn more about the river's ecosystem. You can find the list of schools here.

It will be interesting to see what the kids discover and learn about the river.