Community Science Programming (Grades 5-12)

Community Science Field trips will resume in Fall 2023 for grades 5-12. For updates for when bookings open, please subscribe to our education newsletter!

Students visit the Gowanus Canal to investigate water health and measure water quality parameters for dissolved oxygen, temperature, salinity and turbidity during a 90 minute outdoor field trip. Using testing equipment, students collect and discuss data. They discuss New York City’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) issue, solutions for cleaner water, and the role they can play to monitor the health of the Gowanus Canal and other NYC waterways. Students’ water quality data is uploaded to a publicly accessible database after their trip. Teachers receive pre and post trip resources.

Trips will be available for grades 5-12 from mid September – November 2023. All NYC Title I public schools or schools that demonstrate at least 50% economic need (DOE index) are free; other NYC public schools are $200; NYC private schools are $350. A sliding scale is available if needed. For more information email education[@] or call 718-541-4378

GCC’s water quality testing data is available! Check it out!

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