Gowanus Creek Nature Hike

Katie Adee

A mobile web app for identifying, cataloging, and mapping the flora of the Gowanus Canal Area. By looking at current species, we can begin to imagine the future Gowanus as an ecosystem, not just an environmental disaster or real estate investment.



Gowanus Creek Nature Hike is a web tool for scientists, students, and Gowanus enthusiasts to explore the species that have managed to survive and thrive near our local Superfund Site, the Gowanus canal. A user spots a tree, answers a few questions about its appearance, and is presented with a catalog of possible species, including hand-drawn images and interesting facts. Once a species has been identified, a user can report the plant type and location. This data is then presented as a web map, catalog, and as a GeoJSON API for others to explore or use in their own research and artistic ventures. Participation in the reporting process will hopefully increase knowledge and awareness of one's natural surroundings.