Charles River Cleanup Registration


Charles River Conservancy

The Charles River Conservancy is thrilled to be able to offer in-person cleanups to celebrate Earth Day 2022. Cleanup events will be taking place April 22 and April 23, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and groups will be assigned their own stretch of the Charles River Basin to cleanup. We hope you will join us for a safe and fun way to get outside and give back to the parks that have given us so much!

Register with the Charles River Conservancy here.

Charles River Watershed Association

We hope you will join us for this year's Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup!

Registration for Individuals, Families, Non-Profits, and Schools

Individuals, families, and small groups are encouraged to participate in this year’s Charles River Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022. By volunteering with CRWA, you have the opportunity to clean up in various locations throughout the Upper Watershed, including Newton, Weston, Wellesley, Dedham, and more areas. Trash bags, picker-uppers, gloves, and other cleanup materials will be supplied to those who wish to participate. To support CRWA’s mission of protecting and preserving the Charles River, we would greatly appreciate a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Register as an individual or family with the CRWA here.

Registration for Large Groups and Corporations

Each group can register for a three-hour time slot on either April 22 or April 23, 2022. Please make sure to check out our Group Fees and Sponsorship Benefits.

Register for a large group or corporation with the CRWA here

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

All cleanup events will take place from 10:00AM-12:00PM on April 23

Locations | Meeting Points

Back Bay Fens | Shattuck Visitors’ Center

Charlesgate Park* | The Grove

Franklin Park (North) | Valley Gates

Franklin Park (South) | Shattuck Picnic Grove

Jamaica Pond Park* | Curley House

Olmsted Park | Jamaica Pond Parking Lot

Riverway Park | Short St. Stairs

* Must be 18+ or accompanied by a guardian to participate in Jamaica Pond or Charlesgate Park cleanups.

Registration information will become available soon. Precise meeting points and other logistics will be sent to participants after registration.

If you have questions or would like more information, please visit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s website or email


Esplanade Association

Join us for this year’s 2022 Charles River Earth Day Cleanup on the Esplanade on April 23rd from 10am to 12pm! For more information about the cleanup, click here.  

If you are interested in bringing a group to volunteer on the Esplanade for this year’s 23rd Charles River Cleanup, please submit our 2022 Esplanade Cleanup Group Request Form

If you have any questions regarding this year’s cleanup or volunteering on the Esplanade, contact Programs & Partnerships Manager, Samuel Englert, at

Waltham Land Trust

The Waltham Land Trust is excited to welcome folks the Watch City on Saturday, April 23, to remove litter and invasive plants from banks of the Charles. Registration is on their website here.


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 10-24 = $1,500

  • Groups of 25-49 = $2,000

  • Groups of 50-74 = $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.

*If you have a group that is interested in participating and these levels are too high for you, we do not want to deter you from joining us this year! Please reach out to the Cleanup Coordinator in your chosen region to discuss participation.

**If you are a non-profit or community group, we suggest a donation of $5 per person.