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.

Saturday, September 8, 11am-2pm – Salt Lot Clean & Green
– Weeding and nursery maintenance, compost sifting and bagging, in partnership with the Bell House Festival

Saturday, September 8, 11am-3pm or 3pm-7pm – The Gowanus Block Party presented by the Bell House
– Help coordinate the Gowanus Block Party from set up to clean up. (Minimum volunteer age is 18). All volunteers will receive: 2 tickets to any show at The Bell House (21+), 2 drink tickets. Email varghese@cityfarmpresents.com to volunteer.

Sunday, September 23, 10am-1pm – Fall Season Opener
– Planting and stewardship at the Salt Lot and nearby street trees!

Saturday, October 13, 11am-2pm – Open House New York
– Planting, stewardship, composting, and tours at the Salt Lot.

Sunday, October 21, 10am-1pm – Fourth Ave Stewardship
– Tree Stewardship and compost sifting, in partnership with Greenspace on Fourth, Park Slope Civic Council, Forth on Fourth Avenue

Saturday, November 17, 10am-1pm – Salt Lot Clean & Green
– Mulch and winterize our the Salt Lot and celebrate the end of the stewardship season!

Volunteer with our Partners

To sign up for the events below, please email volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org unless otherwise noted

Saturday, September 15, 11am-2pm – Thomas Greene Park
– Spread mulch and plant tulip bulbs in their gardens and tree beds for the annual It’s My Park Day! (Minimum volunteer age is 10 years old)

Partners and Sponsors

Patagonia Soho
Rockefeller Foundation
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Stephen Levin
Big Reuse
Brooklyn Brewery
Whole Foods