Sign Up for our Newsletter Today!

Join the Gowanus Canal Conservancy on Facebook


Visit our Blog!

Contribute To The Conservancy

We need your support to build an Open, Clean and Alive Gowanus Canal Watershed!

Event Calendar

Get a glimpse of all of our upcoming events!

More >

The Gowanus Lowlands: A Blueprint for NYC’s Next Great Park

0_turning basin_final

Gowanus Lowlands envisions a network of parks and public spaces centered on the Gowanus Canal and connected to its surrounding watershed. A vibrant system that prioritizes access for everyone, the Lowlands will shine a light on the canal’s history and singular beauty against a backdrop of a healthy environment and safe, connected streets. Residents, workers and visitors will be able to fully engage with all Gowanus has to offer, from its native plants and wildlife, to its thriving industry, to its hidden creeks and hypnotic waterway.

Learn more here

Gowanus ArtLab Workshops 2017

Jessica Dalrymple at Artlab

Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
[Click here for exact location]
RSVP for all workshops here.

ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.

The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood. By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.

July Featured Artist: Gabriel Willow

Saturday, June 17, 12:00-2:00pm
From the Canal, Found Watercolor Compositions with Suzy Kopf
Participants will be led on a 20 minute walking excursion around Whole Foods and will look for articles of post consumer waste (discarded toys, plastic remnants, objects that generally feel out of place around the Canal) as well as any organic materials that are detached from plants (twigs, leaves, fallen flowers and rocks). Once everyone has collected an object or several objects, materials will be arranged as a shared still life set up and participants will compose a picture from life using a homemade viewfinder. Suzy will demonstrate observational watercolor painting— how to sketch the composition, paint from light to dark, reserve whites and control the water media.
RSVP for From the Canal, Found Watercolor Compositions on Eventbrite 

Wednesday, July 19, 6:00-8:00pm
Nature Journaling in the Urban Wilderness
This workshops combines elements of nature observation and botanical illustration. Plants are an excellent subject matter, as they tend to stay still. Participants will look for various plants near the canal, whether invasive weeds, medicinal species, or native wildflowers. Often these species are overlooked, but even a small crack in the sidewalk or sunny corner of a parking lot can be home to a beautiful diversity of resilient plant-life. 
Participants will sketch them using pen and pencil techniques, noting as many details about their form and habits as possible.  Approximately 30 minutes will be spent looking for subject matter, and the remaining 90 minutes will be spent practicing various techniques such as blind contour drawing, gesture drawing, and more detailed representational drawing to examine the form of our subject matter. Participants are welcome to bring their own sketchbooks, but we will provide sketchbooks, paper, and writing utensils as needed.

Gabriel Willow is a natural history illustrator; he also keeps nature journals.  His primary focus is on educating people about the ecology that surrounds us in urban environments.

RSVP for Nature Journaling in the Urban Wilderness on Eventbrite 

GCC Pop-Up Nursery

Plant Sales 2017

June 10th, The Salt Lot, 2 Second Ave, Brooklyn 11215 (enter zip in Google)

By appointment at Carroll & Nevins St. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 718-541-4378. 

GCC Nursery: 431 Carroll Street, Brooklyn NY 11215

Get your native perennials in Gowanus, Brooklyn!

Volunteers and students help us grow a wide array of mostly native plants well-adapted to our urban conditions. The plants we grow are installed in gardens throughout the Gowanus Watershed, and are also for sale. See a list of plants currently available here. Discounts are available for GCC members, public schools, and community gardens. See here for more details.

Thanks to Alloy for hosting and Greenbelt Native Plant Center and Apiary Studio for supporting our 2017 Nursery.


The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is an independent environmental 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2006. More >