Conservancy Volunteers

Volunteers plant perennials in the parklands

Each year, the Conservancy works with approximately 2,000 volunteers to perform vital park maintenance work and ensure permanent improvements in the parklands. Volunteer events are a great way to get outside, learn more about the river, have fun working with friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and help restore the centerpiece of Greater Boston’s urban park system.

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.

View our 2017 volunteers and partners.


How to Schedule a Volunteer Day with the Conservancy

Projects run from either 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. (available on Thursday’s only) and take place from Cambridge to Watertown Square. Volunteer days are typically scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays. View a schedule of  2019 available dates.

Location and projects vary based on maintenance needs, time of year, and size of group.  Projects may include:

  • Invasive plant removal
  • Bench, fencing, and picnic table painting
  • Planting and maintaining garden beds
  • Fall bulb planting
  • Mulching
  • Raking leaves
  • Removing litter and debris

Events book up quickly, especially in the spring and fall months, so please contact the Conservancy’s Volunteer Manager one month before you would like to schedule an event with your group.


Volunteer Sponsorship Donation

Sponsoring an event pays for supplies, plants, staff time, and helps keep the parklands active, attractive, and accessible for all in the community. We ask our corporate and for-profit volunteer groups to support our Conservancy Volunteers program with a tax-deductible donation to the Charles River Conservancy. View 2019 available dates.

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, June 1st – Join us from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. along Soldiers Field Road, in-between Artesani Park and North Beacon Street. We will cut back vegetation, remove invasive plants, and paint benches. If you would like to join us, please email Sasha at for more details 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.