Kayaks and kayakers at Herter Park in summer. Panorama photo by Fran Gardino.


The Charles River Conservancy is dedicated to the stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of the parklands along the urban Charles River.

The Conservancy promotes the active use and vitality of the parklands, increases recreational opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.



Our Ribbon of Blue, Ribbon of Green gala! Our June 2nd gala honoring the retirement of Conservancy founder and president, Renata von Tscharner, was a night to remember! With over 300 guests, many generous sponsors, and the help of volunteers, together we raised over $800,000 for the future of the Charles River Conservancy! Learn more about the gala and read about the night in the Cambridge Chronicle.

Welcome Laura Jasinski, CRC’s new executive director!: We are beyond excited to welcome Laura Jasinski as our new executive director! You can read about her past experience on our staff page and more about the transition in the Cambridge Chronicle!

Renata’s Retirement in the News: After 18 years of service and advocacy, the Charles River Conservancy’s founder and president, Renata von Tscharner, retires in early summer 2018. The Cambridge Chronicle published an article honoring her career of accomplishments and the Boston Globe also sat down with Renata for a Q&A session.

Advocacy: In November 2017 MassDOT released its Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the 100-acre, $1 billion project improving the areas where the Mass. Turnpike tolls used to be. Over 500 advocates submitted comment letters in support of our “#UnchokeTheThroat” proposals. This is a once and lifetime opportunity to create a new multi-modal riverfront neighborhood rather than just another highway. Learn more about I-90 advocacy.

Research: We have committed to studying the water conditions at North Point Park by conducting daily water quality testing for two summers with a graduate student at Northeastern University. Learn more.