In accordance with recommendations from the Massachusetts Governor, 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, and Facebook for the latest CRC updates. We’ll also be bringing the beauty of the Charles River and parks to you via social media!

Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with public health guidelines from state and local officials, we, along with our partners, have postponed our annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup to the fall. 

Together with organizations up and down the Charles and its tributaries, we mobilize over 3,000 volunteers to remove litter from around the Charles River watershed. We look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day later this year and will provide updates on the new date as soon as possible. Follow us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for the latest news.

Photo of Earth Day volunteers from 2017. Photo by Aaron Bourque.

Hell’s Half Acre Restoration

Hell’s Half Acre, a 7.5 acre section of “urban wild” along the Charles River in Cambridge, is an ecological and social asset to the surrounding community. However, the area is critically overwhelmed by invasive plants. Through a unique three-year project that uses best practices to remove invasives, the CRC is working to restore the area. Following this aggressive intervention, the CRC and Conservancy Volunteers will regularly maintain the revitalized Hell’s Half Acre. Learn more about our work to restore Hell’s Half Acre by reading the project proposal.

Our Hell’s Half Acre restoration project addresses invasive plants, including phragmites, Japanese knotweed, and buckthorn.

Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.