hudson-river-tugboat-day.JPGRide the Historic Tugboat Pegasus, Meet Captain Pamela Hepburn, and Enjoy Tugboat Films for the Whole Family Yonkers, N.Y. - Celebrate the hardest working boats on the waterways at Hudson River Tugboat Day on June 23 at Beczak Environmental Education Center. Free activities 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM include dockside tours of the 1907 tugboat Pegasus, a 1-hour excursion on the Hudson (advance registration only at, making tugboats out of recycled materials, and viewing the classic Disney cartoon Little Toot. The 7:00 PM RiverTalks presentation "Hudson River Tugboats," with the Pegasus' Captain Pamela Hepburn, features the award-winning documentary short Tugs and is $10 / $5 for students, teachers, and seniors. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY, 10701. More information at, or contact  / (914) 377-1900, ext. 13. Hudson River Tugboat Day, on June 23, offers the public a chance to get up close to the historic, bright red, 1907 tugboat Pegasus-stand on her deck and climb up to her bridge; tour the Yonkers waterfront, and meet the downtown mom / tugboat captain who saved this maritime icon from the scrapheap and founded the Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project.  Hudson River Tugboat Day
  • Activities are all free but for the evening RiverTalks
  • All take place at Beczak Environmental Education Center, and the Yonkers Pier, just two blocks away. Free and secure parking at Beczak.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Enjoy the Disney classic Little Toot about "the little tug that could"
  • Explore how tugboats work and make your own out of recycled materials
  • Take a dockside tour of the Pegasus at the Yonkers Pier
4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • 1-hour ride on the Pegasus departing the Yonkers Pier. Advance registration only at,
7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • "Hudson River Tugboats" a RiverTalks presentation by Pamela Hepburn, Captain of the Pegasus. Hepburn gives a brief history of tugboats in the New York Harbor and their continuing importance today as well as tells her own story of working her way from tugboat cook and deckhand to captain, then purchasing the hundred year old Pegasus where she lived for several years with her family. Plus Tugs, a documentary short by Jessica Edwards, which includes scenes of the everyday work life on tugs and ends with dramatic images from the 18th annual Great North River Tugboat Race. $10 / $5 for students, teachers, and seniors, includes refreshments.
Historic 1907 Tugboat Pegasus The sturdy Pegasus was built in 1907 for Standard Oil. It transported oil products, docked tankers, and acted as a fireboat when needed. In 1995 it was abandoned, underpowered and too decrepit for active service. Thanks to the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project it is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and is docked at the Hudson River Park on Pier 25 in Tribeca. There, the 105-year-old Pegasus offers regular free dockside tours and educational river trips teaching visitors about the New York harbor's value as a rich natural habitat, as a historic waterway that shaped this city's history, and as a thriving commercial port crucial to today's economy.  Hudson River Tugboat Day is hosted by Beczak Environmental Education Center and made possible by sponsors Reinauer Transportation Company, Cashman Dredging, and Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID. Captain Pamela Hepburn's RiverTalks presentation is sponsored by Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, and Hudson River Watertrail Association.  HUDSON RIVER VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE (HRVEEI) Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute, with classrooms and beach access in Yonkers and Sleepy Hollow, is the lower Hudson's hub for river education. It offers many programs that involve all ages in learning about nature and enjoying the outdoors. Learn to love your river!  HRVEEI staff work with approximately 20,000 children and families each year in river-based programming. In addition to ongoing weekday classes for students, weekend ‘public programs include River Explorers and Fish Tales for children, RiverTalks lectures and Urban H20 concerts for adults, Lunchtime Learning for seniors, Summer Adventures camp, and professional development for educators.  Beczak Environmental Education Center HRVEEI's flagship site is Beczak Environmental Education Center, located on the banks of the Hudson in the City of Yonkers. It celebrated its 20th anniversary of incorporation in 2010. This spacious interpretive center, named after Yonkers environmentalist Joe Beczak, is an adaptive re-use of the former social club for Habirshaw Cable & Wire Co. Its two-acre park features a welcoming riverfront lawn, an easily accessible tidal marsh, and a beach used for river exploration.  Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center HRVEEI offers river education at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, which opened in 2011. Scenic Hudson spearheaded the renovation of the historic 1926 Kingsland Point Park bathhouse into a center for river-based education and recreation, named for philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis. This facility features a sandy beach used for river exploration and indoor/outdoor classroom space.


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