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EXPO Gowanus 2017

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School Clean & Greens

Students in grades 3-12 from schools and youth organizations propagate native plants, remove weeds, and care for neighborhood street trees and bioswales. The Conservancy organizes outdoor workdays, introducing students to the canal, why it's so polluted and what they can do to restore its vitality. Students learn how to properly use hand tools and handle plant materials. The type of stewardship activity is contingent upon the seasonal maintenance needs for the green spaces we care for. We coordinate with teachers to customize the learning goals to compliment topics students are learning in science and other classes. 

If you are interested in setting a Clean & Green date for your school or youth group, fill out a request form or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and pricing. 

STEM Gowanus Urban Ecology Curriculum

STEM Gowanus

Teachers can download the (new!) STEM Gowanus Curriculum, available free for educators. Please click here to fill out this pre-survey and then we'll send you the link to download the units in PDF format.

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Canal Tours

Gowanus Canal walking tours give an overview of the history of the canal and information about its ecosystem and the Superfund cleanup process.

On a 1.5-hour tour, participants visit historical sites, see Conservancy design-build projects and learn about the environmental challenges the canal faces. Tours also cover climate resiliency and sustainability, conservation projects, and local urban plants and wildlife. Tours and presentations are offered to schools, universities, businesses and organizations. Tours are held Mondays and Wednesdays. Contact us about pricing.

Interested groups can contact the Conservancy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange a custom tour or presentation. 

EXPO Gowanus 2017

EXPO Flyer

Come join us at EXPO Gowanus: a neighborhood carnival of art, science, and toxic waste. Learn about issues facing our neighborhood, while having a fun day in the park! 

This year's all-ages EXPO will celebrate the Gowanus community and restoring our Canal. EXPO Gowanus will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00am - 5:00pm at Thomas Greene Park on 3rd Ave and Douglass St. Join us for art-making, activism, science, dance and music performances, food, sports, and more! 

Students from local schools will showcase investigations about Gowanus water quality, green infrastructure, climate change, and other important local issues.  

2017 EXPO Partners and Sponsors: Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Friends of Thomas Greene Park, Fifth Avenue Committee, Arts Gowanus, Con Edison, Partnership for Parks, Park Slope Civic Council