Urban Ecology Field Trips (2024)

In this outdoor field trip, students will visit the Lowlands Nursery and become urban ecologists, exploring the Gowanus ecosystem. Students will make unique observations, explore the wildlife and plants of the canal, and become stewards for improving ecosystem health. Teachers will receive pre- and post-visit materials to accompany their trip experience.

We will offer in-person Urban Ecology field trips for grades K-5 from April – June 2024 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 AM!

Programs for K-2 classes are approximately 75 minutes in length.
Programs for 3-5 classes are approximately 90 minutes in length.

Booking for this program will open in Winter 2023-2024, for updates regarding Urban Ecology field trips and other opportunities, sign up for our email newsletter.

If you have any questions or accommodations for your students, please email education[at]gowanuscanalconservancy.org.

In the meantime, explore our Urban Ecology activities for K-5 students to investigate biodiversity in an urban ecosystem and human impact on the Gowanus Canal, a former salt marsh estuary. Students learn how to be environmental stewards by visiting the plant and animal communities in the Gowanus Canal’s urban ecosystem on a virtual nature walk; exploring wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands ecology; growing indoor plants and more.

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Field trip fees: All NYC Title I public schools or schools that demonstrate at least 50% economic need (DOE index) free; other NYC public schools are $200; NYC private schools are $350. A sliding scale is available if needed. For more information email education[at]gowanuscanalconservancy[dot]org.

Funding for GCC Urban Ecology is provided from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund as administered by a grant from the New York State DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact grant program.