Community Science Programming (2021-22)

GCC’s water quality testing data from October – December 2020 is now available! Check it out!

Classes will be returning in-person this fall, which means GCC will be offering in-person Community Science water quality testing field trips! Students will learn how to sample and test water quality, investigate Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and how it pollutes New York City waterways through human impact. They will explore community science data and solutions we can all work on for cleaner, healthier NYC waterways. After the trip, students can conduct a community science investigation using their own data. Stay tuned for more details and booking information in the coming months.

In the meantime, all NYC DOE public middle and high school teachers (Grades 6-12) in Brooklyn serving at least 50% low income students (based on the DOE’s economic need index) are eligible to apply for our Community Science Partnership! Special consideration will be given to schools that are located in the Gowanus watershed and New York State Environmental Justice areas in Brooklyn (see map here). Co-teachers are encouraged to apply.

Teachers will receive:

  • Two (2) free Fall 2021 water quality testing field trips to the Gowanus Canal led by Gowanus Canal Conservancy staff
  • Resources and standards-aligned activities for conducting place-based community science with your students
  • $250 stipend for out-of-school meeting and professional development with GCC (three (3) 1.5 hour meetings from October – December)

Teacher Applicant Criteria:

  • One-two (1-2) teachers from each school can participate in the program (applicants do not need to teach the same grade)
  • Participate in three (3) meetings from October – December (may be remote, TBD) during after school times
  • Schedule one-two (1-2) in-person field trips for a class of students (can accommodate  virtual trip if requested)
  • Implement at least one (1) pre and post trip learning activity

Complete this online application form for GCC’s Community Science Partnership or email education@gowanuscanalconservancy.org with any questions. The early bird deadline is July 30th and the final deadline to apply is September 10th. Acceptances will be based on the number of available openings and priority service areas.

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