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Beautiful Herter Park in fall. 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. We promote the active use and vitality of the parklands, increases recreational opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.




City Splash 2019: It’s back! Join us mid-day on June 15th at Fiedler Dock on the DCR Esplanade for our 6th City Splash. This day will feature even more swimming as the Charles River Swimming Club will host their 11th One Mile Swim the same morning. In the evening, continue the fun and replenish with some carbs by supporting the CRC’s Swimming Initiative at the afterparty across the Charles at Za. Read this Boston Globe article, plus our press release and City Splash 2019 page for more details.

Floating Wetland Project: In partnership with a Northeastern PhD student and a communications and interpretative materials professional, and with financial support from the Sasaki Foundation and an anonymous donor, we are planning the design and implementation of a floating wetland at North Point Park in order to further water quality research and educate through community engagement. Learn more about the project by checking out our team’s storyboard, made with design help from Sasaki.

Schedule a Volunteer Event: Our 2019 available dates are available, so don’t delay scheduling a Conservancy Volunteers event for your company or group! Email lsalwen@thecharles.org for more information or to reserve your day.

Join us on Instagram: We recently launched a CRC  Instagram account, and have been posting our favorite Charles River beauty shots and more! Follow us (@charlesrivercrc) to see what we’re up to.

Video of our Ribbon of Blue, Ribbon of Green Gala: Footage of our June 2nd, 2018 gala honoring the retirement of CRC founder Renata von Tscharner and the inauguration of Laura Jasinski as executive director have been edited into short movies for you to view on our website! Watch now.

Meet our new executive director, Laura Jasinski: Laura joined us as our new executive director in June, and we are beyond excited to have her on board. You can read about her past experience on our staff page and more about the transition in the Cambridge Chronicle!