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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.
STEM Gowanus Urban Ecology Curriculum
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.
EXPO Gowanus 2017
Come join us at EXPO Gowanus: a neighborhood carnival of art, science, and toxic waste. Learn about and get involved in issues facing our waterway and neighborhood, while having a fun day in the park!
This year's all-ages EXPO will celebrate the Gowanus community and protecting and restoring our Canal and Watershed. EXPO Gowanus will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00am - 3:00pm at Thomas Greene Park on 3rd Ave and Douglass St. Join us for art-making, activism, Gowanus investigation, dance and music performances, food, sports, and volunteer stewardship. Students from local schools will showcase their investigations about Gowanus water quality, green infrastructure, climate change, and other important local issues.
2017 EXPO Partners and Sponsors: Friends of Thomas Greene Park, Fifth Avenue Committee, Con Edison