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Environmental Education and Volunteering Opportunities at NBBC

Getting ready for an educational paddle on the creek

Getting ready for an educational paddle on the creek


NBBC has been busy this season offering environmental education programming to a variety of schools and organizations, including LaGuardia Community College, Girl Scouts of NY, Pratt Institute, the New School, and many more. For more information about our on-land and on-water programming visit https://northbrooklynboatclub.org/education/.

NBBC members are also encouraged to come volunteer for our educational programming! All the programming at the North Brooklyn Boat Club is created, staffed, managed, and run by dedicated member-volunteers! We are a community boathouse, and our mission is to involve the entire community in our on-water and on-land programming, whether that’s gardening and composting in the boatyard, hosting environmental education classes for local schools and colleges, throwing the best fund-raising parties in Brooklyn, or helping our neighbors see the city from the water for the first time!

Or even shoveling woodchips.

Woodchip delivery!

Woodchip delivery!

For more information on volunteering opportunities, see the Volunteer page.

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Public Paddles + Educational Canoe Trips

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As a community organization, the NBBC is dedicated to providing safe and free access to the water for those that live, work and play in and around North Brooklyn. In 2015, we will be offering two types of public boating events, both totally free and easy to join:

1. Public Paddles
These are informal paddles where walk-up participants can join a trained NBBC guide for a short trip out on the water, often from our dock out towards the East River. This may be in our big canoes, regular tandem canoes or sit on top kayaks depending on the conditions that day. Public paddle days are also a great chance to see all the ins and outs of the boatyard and enjoy some food and drink on a summer afternoon. All paddles launch from our boatyard, unless otherwise noted. Next public paddles are:
May 16th, 12 to 4pm
June 6th, 12 to 4pm
June 27th, 12 to 4pm
July 25th, 12 to 4pm
August 29th, 12 to 4pm
September 26th, 12 to 4pm

2. Educational Canoe Trips
A series of monthly educational canoe paddles on the Newtown Creek, using our 25 foot ‘Big Canoes’ – which allow for large groups of paddlers with little experience or skill. These are free to join, but require sign up in advance on our website. There will be two departures each day, with about 20 seats available on each.

The total trip lasts about two hours on land and on the creek, beginning with a tour of the ED Shed with aquariums and exhibits of the local ecology and including brief stops during the paddles for short education talks, birdwatching, and possible visits to the Newtown Creek Alliance’s Living Dock.

More info and sign up by clicking on the times below:
June 13th, 10am
June 13th, 1pm
July 11th, 10am
July 11th, 1pm
August 8th, 10am
August 8th, 1pm
September 12th, 10am
September 12th, 1pm
October 10th, 10am
October 10th, 1pm

Support for the ED Shed and Floating Classrooms programs was made possible by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.