Community Science Programming (2021-22)

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Our booking calendar is now open for the Fall 2021 season! For the safety of all students, teachers, and staff, we will be conducting our Fall 2021 Community Science field trips virtually. Schedule your trips here. (Grades 5 – 12)

Students will participate in a synchronous (in real time) 45-60 minute virtual community science field trip over Zoom. Students will explore the importance of water quality in Gowanus and NY Harbor, how data can give us a picture of water quality, and some solutions we can all work on for cleaner, healthier waterways. We will be offering two separate trip options this season, Monday – Friday, in the mornings and afternoons: 

  • Mighty Mussels: Gowanus Canal’s Filter Feeding Friends: Students will learn how Atlantic Ribbed Mussels can help improve the Gowanus Canal’s polluted waters, why mussel habitat is at risk, and solutions that community scientists are researching 
  • A Water Quality Deep Dive into the Gowanus Canal: Students will become community scientists by learning about local NYC waterways, how to assess waterway health, and how to analyze data to identify trends and tell compelling narrative stories 

For the safety of all students, teachers, and staff, all Fall 2021 Community Science field trips will be hosted virtually. Schedule your trips here. Trips are open for any NYC public, charter or private school. Trips are free for schools that are located in the Gowanus watershed and New York State Environmental Justice areas in Brooklyn (see map here). All NYC public schools that demonstrate at least 50% economic need (DOE index) are free; other NYC public schools are $50; NYC private schools are $150.

Funding for this program is provided by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation and Con Edison.