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!

Public events are open to all ages and skill levels. If you wish to volunteer on your own or 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

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).

To sign up for volunteer events, please email volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org. Volunteers under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian sign the volunteer waiver, here.

Fall 2019 Public Volunteer Events

All events are Saturdays, 10am-1pm, located at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Salt Lot, 2 Second Avenue, Brooklyn 11215 (unless indicated otherwise)

September 14Garden and Tree Stewardship. The Lowlands Nursery will be selling plants and giving away free compost*
*Get up to 10 bags of compost for use in tree pits, community gardens, and more! Compost is not available for commercial use.
*Registration is required to receive compost. Enter the code: GCCPartner to register

October 5 – Smith St Tree Stewardship, meet at St Mary’s Playground, 422 Smith St, Brooklyn 11231

October 12Garden and Tree Stewardship

October 264th Ave Tree Stewardship, meeting location TBD

November 2Garden and Tree Stewardship

Partners and Sponsors

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