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 2017 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, September 22- CoastSweep Cleanup
Join us from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for our annual CoastSweep Cleanup. CoastSweep is a global event to raise awareness and clean waterfronts. We will be removing litter and debris from the parklands, and collecting data on the specific types of debris found. We will be working in 2 locations this year, in Cambridge and Watertown. Please email Sasha at for more information and to RSVP.

Volunteers paint railings along Soldiers Field Road














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.