Gowanus Canal Conservancy 40.6795° N -73.9875° W


The Gowanus Canal has captivated people for more than 400 years, from its salt marsh era to a polluted industrial waterway in Brooklyn that today is undergoing revitalization. Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC) is dedicated to facilitating the development of a resilient, vibrant, open space network centered on the Gowanus Canal through activating and empowering community stewardship of the Gowanus Watershed. Since 2006, we have served as the environmental steward for the neighborhood through leading volunteer and youth stewardship; engaging students in environmental issues; and working to advocate for, build, and maintain innovative green infrastructure around the Gowanus Canal.

Through service-learning, citizen science and STEM curriculum we teach students about the human impact on the Gowanus Canal and its complex estuary ecology so they can become better advocates for a sustainable future. In our education programs students conduct scientific field work and hands-on stewardship at the Salt Lot, a site owned by the NYC Dept. of Sanitation where GCC grows native plants and maintains rain gardens, a maritime meadow and a biodiverse waterway edge.

Field trips are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays the last week in September through the first week in December and the last week in March through the third week in June. Public schools in a New York State Environmental Justice Area located within Kings County are eligible for a reduced fee of $35.

Additionally, our place-based STEM urban ecology and design curriculum is available for free download from our website or educators who wish to engage students in grades 5-8 with the Gowanus Canal’s ecosystem and planning for a sustainable future.

For more information, contact education@gowanuscanalconservancy.org or call 718-541-4378

Lunch Notes

There is no lunch area at our program site. For outdoor lunches, the nearby waterfront area at Whole Foods has benches that can accommodate students. It is about a 7-10 minute walk from the Salt Lot.

Bathroom Notes

A porta-potty is on site.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are occasionally made for inclement weather, as the program site and all activities are outdoors. No refunds will be made for cancellations for other reasons.


2 2nd Ave
Brooklyn , NY 11215

+1 718-541-4378


10:00 am - 3:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Science, Ecosystems, Water Testing, Climate, Conservation, Sustainability, History, Animals, Social Studies, Agriculture, Geography, Measurement & Data, The Water Cycle, Industrial Revolution, Botany, My Community
Virtual Field Trip, School Based Program, School Partnership, Partnership, Field Trip
6 8, 9 12, K 2, 3 5
Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools

Learning Experiences

Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Citizen Science Field Trip

Middle and high school students within the Gowanus Watershed area will participate in a synchronous (in real time) 45-60 minute virtual field trip to the Gowanus Canal. Through virtual field trips, students will build their understanding of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), contributing 27 billion gallons of water pollution in NYC every year. Students learn how CSO pollutes waterways and the impact from both individual behavior and the design of our city infrastructure. They will explore how data can give us a picture of water quality and some solutions we can all work on for cleaner, healthier waterways in New York Harbor.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, water testing, climate, conservation, sustainability

6-8, 9-12
40 stu.

virtual field trip

60 min.
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School Based Program

School Partnership


Field Trip