Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

In accordance with public health guidelines from state and local authorities aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we, along with our partners, have postponed our annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. 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. In the meantime, watch a recording of our virtual celebration of Earth Day.

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.


The CRC works from Cambridge to Boston and would love for you to volunteer with us! Due to limited space, we are no longer accepting registrations from groups. If you are interested in signing up as an individual, please email Volunteer Program Manager Sasha Vallieres at


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


Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.