CHARLES RIVER CONSERVANCY Overview
Since the inception of our Conservancy Volunteer program in 2002, we have recruited over 12,000 volunteers, and completed over 450 projects to improve the landscape of the Charles River Parklands and to restore the shoreline. From pruning trees to clearing debris, volunteers are trained in groups and supplied with tools. While volunteering, they also receive an educational overview of the history and ecology of the Parklands and the Charles River and how their involvement can impact this natural jewel, preserving it for generations to come. As a result, the Conservancy has built a corps of landscape volunteers and parkland advocates who help maintain one of Boston’s most cherished open spaces. The majority return to participate in additional hands-on or advocacy and become long-term Parkland stewards.
Other projects include tree stewardship, restoring pathways, service learning and environmental education, advocating for a return of public swimming to the Charles, hosting an annual community event RiverSing, and building a world-class skatepark under the ramps of the Zakim Bridge.
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