Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all volunteer events are canceled through April 20th. We will keep you updated as this situation evolves. Stay safe!

Each year over 750 volunteers take part in exciting and creative projects that expand green spaces in the Gowanus Watershed. Gowanus Canal Conservancy staff and volunteers install gardens, take care of street trees and bioswales, propagate native plants, and much more. Join us for our monthly volunteer events!

All activities are outdoors. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes (boots preferable), clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and sunscreen/hat if needed. Bring a water bottle (we will provide water to refill your bottle).


Spring 2020 Public Volunteer Events and Sign Up Form here

Location and other details will be sent to you via e-mail. All participants are required to sign volunteer waivers which will be emailed to you. You may print the waiver and bring to the event, or email filled out waivers to volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org. Volunteers under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian sign the volunteer waiver. Preview the waiver here.


Public events are open to all ages and skill levels. If you wish to volunteer with a school or service club, please contact volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org to RSVP or for more information.

For group sizes of 10 and larger and corporate volunteers, we typically request a donation, since this allows us to coordinate a project best suited for your group. For more information about coordinating a volunteer experience for a large group, please contact partnerships@gowanuscanalconservancy.org.


Partners and Sponsors

Patagonia Soho
Rockefeller Foundation
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Stephen Levin
NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse