Conservancy Volunteers

Volunteers plant perennials in the parklandsThe Charles River Conservancy’s volunteers are engaged year-round, participating in activities including planting daffodil bulbs, painting park benches, removing invasive species, trimming brush, and trash cleanup.  Each year, the Conservancy works with approximately 2,000 volunteers to perform vital park maintenance work and ensure permanent improvements in the parklands.

Since 2002, more than 28,000 Conservancy Volunteers have contributed over $1.9 million of donated labor to improve the health, safety, and beauty of the Charles River parklands.

Click here to see a list of our 2016 volunteers and partners.

We need your help—please become a Conservancy Volunteer today!*


How to Schedule a Volunteer Day with the Conservancy

Volunteer events are a great way to get outside, learn more about the river, have fun working with friends and neighbors, meet new people and help restore the centerpiece of Greater Boston’s urban park system.

Events book up quickly, especially in the summer months, so please contact the Conservancy’s Volunteer Coordinator approximately one month before you would like to schedule an event with your group.  We work with high school students, college students, individuals, and groups.

*Please note that group volunteer events are typically scheduled one month in advance.

For corporate/business groups, please click here to link to our Business Partnership Program page for more information. 

To volunteer with the Conservancy, schedule a community service work day for yourself, your group or business, contact CRC Volunteer Program Manager, Sasha Vallieres at or by phone at 617-300-8173.


Upcoming Open Volunteer Events

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Join us as part of 18th Annual Charles River Earth Day Cleanup. We still have a few spots left at our “drop-in site” in Cambridge. If you would like to take part please email Sasha at to RSVP and for more information

Saturday, May 6, 2017: Join us for an event in Watertown, at Cannalonga Memorial Park. We will be raking leaves, removing debris, picking up litter, and cutting back invasive plants. If you would like to take part please email Sasha at to RSVP and for more information.

Volunteers paint railings along Soldiers Field Road











Thank you Massachusetts Cultural Council MCC Credit Logo-website(September 9, 2016) – We are thrilled to have been awarded a FY17 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Cultural Investment Portfolio grant, in support of our Youth Volunteer Program!



Thank you, Home Depot Watertown, for providing us with in-kind contributions that help us with our volunteer activities!


All projects are conducted in partnership with the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation and under the guidance of the local Conservation Commission.