Earth Day Charles River Cleanup


Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the annual Charles River Cleanup will not take place in 2020. We hope to continue these annual cleanups once public health guidelines permit. In the meantime, watch a recording of our virtual celebration of Earth Day and learn about our other opportunities to safely volunteer with the Conservancy Volunteers.

The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup builds on a national effort as part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup®, which to date, has removed over 25 million pounds of trash from America’s waterways. From 2016 to 2019, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup was recognized by American Rivers for the Most Pounds of Trash Collected and Most Volunteers Mobilized.​

Our cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter along the Charles River. Residents are drawn to the popular Charles River Cleanup from a desire to give back to their community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the river. Volunteers hold onto the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles to exercise, play and enjoy nature throughout the year.


Please visit check back for information on how to register for the 2021 Charles River Earth Day Cleanup.


Contact: Sasha Vallieres, Program Manager
(617) 300-8173


Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.