We strive to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places that invite and engage all in their use and stewardship.


We are thrilled to welcome three new members to our board: Simeen Mohsen, Nayeli Rodriguez, and Laurel Schwab. Learn more about them here.

We’ve had a great year getting back to volunteering, investing in unique ecological programs, and centering our work on the communities around the Charles. Check out our 2021 year-end newsletter for more.

Our November E-newsletter is out! Give it a read to learn about the latest CRC happenings and review past E-newsletters.

Starting Saturday, November 20, 2021 and continuing through Sunday, December 19, 2021, MassDCR is extending the closure of Memorial Drive between the Eliot Bridge and Western Avenue to vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit Riverbend Park over your weekend to walk, bike, and enjoy open space along the Charles! Learn more.

Our work depends on equity, and we therefore cannot stay silent to racism and police brutality. Read our statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter protestors in Boston and around the country.

Following “safer at home” guidance, all Charles River Conservancy staff are working from home until further notice. Please feel free to reach us via email and join us on InstagramTwitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Facebook where we’ll be bringing the beauty of the Charles River and parks to you!

Floating Wetland

On November 18th, the floating wetland was towed to the MIT Sailing Pavilion where it will stay for the winter months. We’ll see it on the Charles River again in spring! Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on the floating wetland and other projects.


In partnership with MathTalk, we’ve installed a MathTrail at the Magazine Beach Footbridge! The project introduces early intervention math concepts using a number line, animal counting footprints, and access to the free digital learning app Measure! Everything! Visit and explore the MathTrail at Magazine Beach Park at 719 Memorial Drive in Cambridge and make sure to tag us in your adventures.

Your Year End Support

As 2021 comes to a close, we hope you consider supporting our work to make the parks along the Charles River welcoming, healthy places for all. Your 2021 donation will help us continue to invest in special projects like the floating wetland, maintain the Charles River parks with our robust volunteer program, and reach nearby communities with educational installations and activities. We look forward to working with you and seeing you in the parks in 2022!

Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.