Socially Distant Public Volunteer Program

This Fall, we’re hosting socially distant Clean & Green volunteer shifts! Volunteers can join us to learn about Gowanus history, geography, and plant communities as they care for native plants in our nursery and maintain local green infrastructure. For your safety, all shifts will be limited in capacity and socially distant, and face masks are required. For groups of 5 and above, and any questions, please email volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org.

Join us for a single day or for the entire season! Register here for the following dates:

– Mondays, 1:30 – 2:30pm: Community Compost Site Tour (Salt Lot, 2 2nd Ave.) Additional dates to come.

– Wednesdays, 9:30am – 1pm: Community Compost Build (Salt Lot, 2 2nd Ave.) Additional dates to come.

– Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm: Salt Lot & Nursery Stewardship (Salt Lot, 2 2nd Ave.)

– select Fridays, 3pm – 5pm: Salt Lot & Nursery Stewardship (Salt Lot, 2 2nd Ave.) OR Gowanus Tree Stewardship (TBD locations)

– select Saturdays, 10am – 1pm: Salt Lot & Nursery Stewardship (Salt Lot, 2 2nd Ave.) OR Gowanus Tree Stewardship (TBD locations)

Corporate Volunteer Program

Demonstrate your company’s commitment to community service and environmental stewardship by spending a rewarding half-day volunteering in the Gowanus area. Join us on a short tour of the ecological and industrial history of the Gowanus Canal before pulling on your gloves. To set up your volunteer experience, email: partnerships@gowanuscanalconservancy.org 

For more information, please refer this Corporate Volunteer Program Pamphlet.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT engage in stewardship activities outside the home:

– You are sick.

– You are an older adult and/or have chronic health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.

If volunteering:

– Do not gather in groups and keep at least six feet between you and others.

– Wear a face covering. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering prevents you from spreading COVID-19 to other people. If you do not have a face covering, we will provide one to you. If you do not wear a face covering, you will not be permitted to join the event.

– Wash your hands often, including at the start and end of your volunteer opportunity. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. (We have hand sanitizer and a handwashing station on-site).

– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

– Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Do not shake hands.

Lowlands Nursery Plants and Soil

Purchase through our online store for pick up, Wednesdays 11am-1pm. Schedule subject to change.


We have FREE compost available for pre-order and pick-up only. Due to COVID-19 precautions you must bag your own compost and bring your own containers and tools. Refer to this compost tip sheet to determine the amount of compost you need for your project. Remember that a little compost goes a long way! Reserve your compost here.

Partners and Sponsors

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