Pictured: Swimmers jumping in the Charles at our 5th annual City Splash


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.



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!

Double Your Impact: The Conservancy is honored to receive an anonymous $100,000 challenge grant. From now through December 1, your donation will be matched!

Successful Swim: Thanks to all who joined us at City Splash 2017 on July 18 as we celebrated 5 years of community swims. Learn about our efforts to return public swimming to the Charles River here.

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.







The Conservancy is proud to be a Mass Cultural Council grant recipient

The Conservancy is proud to be a Mass Cultural Council grant recipient