Pictured: Wintery view of Boston Skyline from Cambridge side of river


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.




Advocacy: MassDOT recently 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. The due date for comment letters is February 9, 2018. Learn more about the project here. This is a once and lifetime opportunity to create a new multi-modal riverfront neighborhood rather than just another highway project. Let us know if we can help you or your group write a letter by emailing advocacy@thecharles.org

Renata is Retiring: After 18 years of service and advocacy, the Charles River Conservancy’s Founder and President Renata von Tscharner will retire in early summer 2018. To carry on her legacy, the Conservancy has retained Koya Leadership Partners to lead to search of the next Executive Director. Click here to learn more and apply.

Volunteer: Does your group want to volunteer with the Charles River Conservancy? Email Sasha at svallieres@thecharles.org to learn about our service opportunities.

Individual volunteers: stay tuned for upcoming open volunteer events!

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 here.

Partnerships: We recently partnered with students from the department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University to complete a report titled “Urban River Swimming: Six American Initiatives.” Read it here.