Mission Statement

Increasing resources and attention to the task of inventing a new the Charles River Parklands.

The Charles River Conservancy is a not-for-profit advocacy group founded in 2000 to facilitate the public-private partnerships vital to renewing the Parklands. It works with community organizations, as well as government, corporate and institutional partners and private citizens. The Conservancy engages in numerous Parklands restoration and improvement initiatives, including access and safety, education and outreach, and planning and maintenance programs. Its goal is to bring increased resources and attention to the task of inventing anew the Charles River Parklands as the centerpiece of Greater Boston's metropolitan park system. Learning by doing - use projects such as invasive species removal, trash pickup, brush cutting, or painting to engage students in exploration of park environment. Students will participate in stewardship activities, then process those activities in an age appropriate way to drawing, group discussion, writing, brainstorming ideas for how to remedy or improve existing situations and conditions. When possible, students will have tasks concurrent with the stewardship activity to expand their experience to i.e., a scavenger hunt during a trash pickup or brush cutting. Projects will have defined goals to help students gain a sense of achievement.

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