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Clarkson's Beacon Institute Water Ecology Center at Dennings Point - IMAGE COURTESY OF CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
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  • Clarkson's Beacon Institute Water Ecology Center at Dennings Point

For over a decade, Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute has been a mainstay of downtown Beacon. From its location on Main Street, the Institute has become a leading voice in research into healthy water solutions in the region and has been an important local resource for STEM-driven educational programs for K-12 students, families, and the public alike.


This June marks a major milestone for the growth of the Institute, as it officially relocates just a few miles south to Dennings Point—a scenic 64-acre peninsula that juts into the Hudson River and is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park. The Institute’s main offices will join its Water Ecology Center at Dennings Point, which has long been a hub for Clarkson’s graduate programs, public nature programs, summer science activities, policy workshops, and conferences.

Rendering of the Beatrice G. Donofrio Environmental Education Complex - IMAGE COURTESY OF CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
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  • Rendering of the Beatrice G. Donofrio Environmental Education Complex

“This move is a win-win for the community,” says Executive Director Michael Walsh. “It not only opens up high-profile space where new retail businesses will thrive and contribute back to the downtown economic ecosystem, but Beacon Institute will be able to grow its programs in a mission-focused location."

The move is part of the ongoing construction of the Beatrice G. Donofrio Environmental Education Complex, a new, world-class education and research facility anticipated to be completed next year. The Complex will serve as a headquarters for scientific research on the Hudson River, with innovative K-12 and community science programs where the public can experience Clarkson’s healthy water initiatives firsthand and learn about and explore the Dennings Point ecosystem.
The future Welcome Center at the Beatrice G. Donofrio Environmental Education Complex - IMAGE COURTESY OF CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
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  • The future Welcome Center at the Beatrice G. Donofrio Environmental Education Complex
“As construction continues and park visitorship continues to increase, Clarkson is doubling down on our natural laboratory for learning on the bank of the Hudson. We invite students and the public to take part in Beacon Institute’s K-12 STEM enrichment programs and community science events.” Walsh says.

Interested in visiting Clarkson's Beacon Institute at Dennings Point? Learn more about K-12 and public programs and summer camps at Discover.clarkson.edu/beacon.

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