School Clean & Green

(Grades 3-12)

In our service-learning program we engage students in caring for street trees and rain gardens, as well as propagating plants in our native plant nursery. These outdoor field visits introduce students to the Gowanus Canal, its polluted history, and steps to making a healthier ecosystem through stewardship.
The stewardship activity is contingent upon seasonal maintenance needs.
Elementary and middle school teachers may choose an optional lesson focus:

Elementary

Seeds (Fall only): learn how seeds are dispersed in the urban ecosystem
Native Plants: learn the importance of native plants in the urban ecosystem
Watershed: learn how the Gowanus Canal is connected to New York’s waterways

Middle

Native Plants: learn the importance of native plants in the urban ecosystem
Soil: learn the role of soil for restoration in degraded urban ecosystems
Waterways: learn about NYC’s drinking water and wastewater systems

Schedule

90 min sessions, Wednesdays (Sept-Nov and April-June).

Program Fee

$175 public schools and non-profits; $250 private schools

Questions

For more information, please contact education@gowanuscanalconservancy.org