Volunteer

Each year over 1,000 volunteers take part in exciting and creative projects that expand green spaces in the Gowanus Watershed. We install gardens, take care of street trees and bioswales, propagate native plants, and much more. Join us for our monthly volunteer events!

Our 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. This allows us to coordinate a project best suited for your group. For more information for large groups, please contact cait@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 have water to refill. Volunteers under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian sign the volunteer waiver.

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

April 14, 10am – Carroll Park, Smith Street Trees and Transit Garden
– Planting, weeding, and other stewardship activities in Carroll Park, Transit Garden, and Smith Street

April 22, 11am – Earth Day at the Salt Lot
– Join us on Earth Day for planting and stewardship at our canal-side Salt Lot location

May 5, 10am – Riverkeeper Riversweep at the Salt Lot
– Tree stewardship as part of Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Area-wide Riversweep

May 19, 11am – EXPO Gowanus & Plant Sale at Thomas Greene Park (Degraw Street and 3rd Avenue)
– Planting, applying mulch, and tree stewardship as part of EXPO Gowanus, a festival of science, art, and sustainable design

June 3, 10am – Gowanus Tree Network Tree Stewardship, Degraw btw Hoyt & Bond, 8th St btw 3rd and 4th St, 4th Ave btw 7th & 8th St, President btw 3rd & Nevins, Nevins btw Sackett & Union
– Tree stewardship with various block members of the Gowanus Tree Network

June 23 – Location TBD

July 7 – 10th Street Stewardship
– Tree Stewardship on 10th Street in Gowanus, in partnership with the 10th Street Block Association.

August 19 – Location TBD

Check back for Fall 2018 dates!

Partners and Sponsors

Patagonia Soho
Tough Mudder
Citi Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Stephen Levin
Table 87
Whole Foods
Brooklyn Brewery
Big Reuse