The Upper Hudson Research Center at Troy
The mudroom where bricks were
formed before being fired. Courtesy
of the Beacon Historical Society
Beacon Institute’s first facilities are located in Denning’s Point State Park, in the heart of the City of Beacon’s active Hudson River waterfront. Part of the Hudson Highlands State Park, Denning’s Point boasts accessible walking and biking paths and rich cultural and archeological history. It is adjacent to Scenic Hudson’s Beacon Landing property and near the Dia:Beacon museum and Metro-North train station.
The Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE), the first of our Denning's Point facilities, is a renovation of a 4,000 square foot nineteenth century building—a former brick works, where mud had been fashioned into bricks prior to baking—adapted for twenty-first century use with eco-friendly design and shipping container construction.
The CEIE is the first home to the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) and the Institute’s educational programs, policy initiatives and technology workshops. It is also a public visitor’s center for the state park at Denning’s Point and located near the entrance to the public walking trail.
The Center for Advanced Environmental Research (CAER) is also planned for Denning's Point and when completed, will become the permanent physical home of REON. The project is currently in design, with ground-breaking anticipated in late 2009 or 2010.
Jim Heron, Ph.D., Project Historian, documented the lyrical history of Denning's Point in his 2006 book, Denning's Point: A Hudson River History From 4000 BC to the 21st Century. This, and other books about the Hudson River and estuary, are available at the Institute's store and gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon.
Beacon Institute is actively participating in the revitalization of Beacon Harbor, with the siting, design and construction of a deep-water dock for the Institute's research vessels. In addition, this dock will enhance public use and access to the water and accommodate the Clearwater, the Woody Guthrie and other large ships. A shore-side public facility is anticipated which will support the research vessels and researchers, and provide educational and meeting space for the Institute, the community and other harbor organizations. It will house a harbormaster's office and provide much-needed public amenities for harbor users and visitors.