Community Science Field trips

Grades 5-12

In this hands-on outdoors program, students will visit the Lowlands Nursery and become community scientists, as they test water quality parameters, contribute to publicly-available data, and explore how Atlantic ribbed mussels contribute to healthier waterways. Students will advocate for the canal with a vote regarding their values of NYC waterways. Teachers will receive pre- and post-visit materials to accompany their trip experience.

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Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain how Combined Sewer Overflow events affect the canal and waterway health
  • Measure and record water quality parameters using testing equipment
  • Interpret & explain their results of the water quality test they perform
  • Model & explain the important role Atlantic ribbed mussels play in the Gowanus Canal
  • Determine if the Gowanus is a healthy waterbody
  • Act as stewards and advocates for the Canal and other NYC waterways

Activities:

  • Combined Sewer Overflow diagram analysis
  • Water Quality Data collection
  • Atlantic ribbed mussel demonstration & exploration
  • Student waterway advocacy vote

All activities are aligned with New York State Learning Standards.

Availability:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Mid-September through November, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  Additional dates may be available; check our booking calendar for details.

Location:

Lowlands Nursery, 25 9th Street, Brooklyn 11215. This program takes place outdoors.

Class Size & Chaperones:

We are able to welcome up to 35 students per trip. We require a 1:10, teacher:student ratio.

Accommodations:

We welcome and embrace diverse learners! Please let us know of any accommodations needed and ways for us to help prepare your students for their field trip.

Program Cost:

  • All NYC Title I public schools or schools that demonstrate at least 50% economic need (DOE index): Free
  • Other NYC public schools: $200
  • NYC private schools: $350

A sliding scale is available upon request. 

Questions? Need more information? Contact us via email at education[@]gowanuscanalconservancy[dot]org.

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Funding for this program is provided by Con Edison, New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), and the NYS Environmental Protection Fund as administered by a grant from the New York State DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact grant program.