Participate in the Charles River Conservancy's Mask on Litter Gone Initiative

Mask on Litter Gone, October 24 – 31: We are thrilled to launch a week long initiative to clean up our local communities and ecosystems! All are invited to help remove litter from your local neighborhoods and ecosystems, while wearing masks and socially distancing of course! Learn more.

Join CRWA's Charles River Watershed Cleanup

CRWA's Charles River Watershed Cleanup is a COVID-19 friendly, socially distant version of our Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. For over 20 years CRWA has co-hosted an Annual Charles River Cleanup to provide people the opportunity to serve local communities in need of massive cleanup efforts from Boston to Milford. 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. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, we had to postpone and re-envision our annual event to provide the same opportunity but on a watershed level.

The Charles River Watershed Cleanup is a valuable stewardship opportunity that creates conversations around environmental awareness and helps cleanup public space. Volunteers hold onto the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles to exercise, play and enjoy nature throughout the year. It is also a great opportunity to foster community in a time when it is difficult to bring people together.

The Charles River Watershed Cleanup will take place within the entire Charles River watershed, which encompasses 35 towns and cities and stretches the entire length of the Charles River. The Cleanup will be a week-long activity from Monday, September 21st until Saturday, September 26th. Learn more and register.

Connect with the Emerald Necklace Virtually

While the Conservancy isn’t holding in-person volunteer events, that doesn’t mean our volunteers aren’t hard at work being stewards for the Emerald Necklace! Virtual volunteering has become a vital component of our work and has allowed community members to stay connected to their parks. 

Through our Emerald Leaders program, trained volunteers have continued to assist with invasive species management through the creation of virtual education materials and socially distant activities in the parks! The hard work of our volunteer team has been quintessential to the health of the Necklace and our native flora and fauna. For more information on how to volunteer, please contact volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org!  

We’ve also been hard at work creating new activities and resources to connect and educate park users to the Emerald Necklace and the natural world around. With options ranging from environmental science lessons to a symphony based on the parks themselves, there’s something for everyone to learn and explore. Check back weekly for new activities! To learn more, please visit https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/here-for-you/  

Esplanade Association Welcomes Back in-Park Volunteers

The Esplanade Association is thrilled to welcome back small, physically-distant volunteer days on the Esplanade. We welcome groups of ten that will complete activities such as bench painting, litter removal, and potentially more, depending on the season.

Learn more about how to bring your company or group to volunteer on the Esplanade here.

The 2020 Volunteer Season on the Esplanade is Powered By REI Co-op.


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.

Corporate Groups

  • 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.

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