The Charles River Cleanup is one of the largest Earth Day Cleanups in the country! Join us in protecting and preserving the river.
The 21st Annual Charles River Cleanup, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 is POSTPONED to Fall 2020. A new date will be announced in the future.
The Program Partners are committed to safely continuing the largest river clean-up in the country this year once it clear that the event can be held.
If you have already registered, we will follow-up with you once a new date is determined. To pre-register for the fall event or to get on the list to be notified of the new date, contact the Program Partner managing your preferred site.
Thank you for your patience and thank you to our partners at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation for working with us on the postponement and to keeping our state parks open during this period of uncertainty.
Volunteer Engagement Fees
Coordinating the Charles River Cleanup has both operational and material costs for the Cleanup’s program partners. Because of this, we ask our corporate and for-profit volunteer groups to support our management of this great event with a tax-deductible donation to the organization hosting your work site. This mandatory fee is based on the size of your group. Additionally, we ask for a small suggested donation from individual and non-profit participants to assist with event costs.
Groups of 10-25 = $1,500
Groups of 25-50 = $2,000
Groups of 50-75 = $2,500
Groups of 75-100 = $3,000
Groups of 100+ = Please Inquire
Non-Profits and Schools
We suggest a small donation for non-profits and schools to help support the execution of this day. Please inquire with your host site for more information.
Individuals who would like to participate alone or with friends and family are more than welcome! We suggest a donation of $5 per person to participate.
History of the Charles River Cleanup
The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup was started by the Charles River Watershed Association in 2009, in an effort to clean-up the river. It builds on a national effort as part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup®, which to date, has removed over 25 million pounds of trash from America’s waterways. From 2016 to 2019, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup was recognized by American Rivers for the Most Pounds of Trash Collected and Most Volunteers Mobilized.
Our Cleanup brings together over 3,500 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species, and assist with park maintenance along all 80 miles of the Charles River and the 1,100 acres of Emerald Necklace park land surrounding the Muddy River. Residents are drawn to the popular Charles River Cleanup from a desire to give back to their community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the river. Volunteers hold onto the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles and Muddy Rivers to exercise, play, and enjoy nature throughout the year.