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Muddy River Cleanup 2022


1-2 hours


Throughout the Emerald Necklace:

  • Charlesgate
  • Back Bay Fens
  • Riverway
  • Olmsted Park
  • Jamaica Pond
  • Franklin Park


April 23, 2022


This is an all-ages activity, except for the cleanup at Jamaica Pond, which is open only to people 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by a guardian.


Trash is dangerous for the animals that live in the park and the Muddy River...and it looks ugly. With your help, we'll remove the trash, protecting the animals and the river, and make things look better too!


We hope you will join us for this year’s Muddy River Cleanup!

Register for this year’s cleanup here

The Muddy River Cleanup is a part of the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup; this event takes place throughout the Charles River Watershed and 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.?

The Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance along all 80 miles of 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.


*Volunteers will be supplied trash bags, gloves, snack, and trash grabbers (depending on site and availability). All tools that have to be returned will be sanitized before and after the event. Please wear closed toe shoes.


Optional: Suggested Donation of $5 for Non-Profit, Family or Individual Volunteers.  


Figure out if you are available during the designated cleanup day in April. Register online HERE.  


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
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  1. Register online.
  2. Pick up your bag and gloves at the designated meeting place.
  3. Walk the grounds, picking up all the trash you can find.
  4. Leave your trash bag(s) by one of the garbage cans located in the park.
  5. Return to the meeting place to let someone know how many bags you collected and leave knowing you helped clean a park and protect the animals!
Sign up for this activity, add it to your logbook, and more in the Give Back app!