Volunteer for the mystic!

river and park cleanups


Whether you're cleaning up trash, removing water chestnut from a canoe, or pulling the invasive Bittersweet vine from parks, our one-time events help us make the watershed more beautiful and resilient. Check out our one-time events on our calendar

river herring monitoring 

Each spring over 100 volunteers help us count herring in-person at the Mystic Lakes Dam and at Horn Pond. Take 10 minutes a week to help us monitor these important species. You can also help us count online with our underwater webcam! Learn more.

water quality monitoring

Trained citizen scientists help collect water quality samples each month. We're not currently recruiting volunteers for this program, but we encourage you to check back for openings in the future.

outreach and education 

Volunteers help educate the public about MyRWA and Mystic news, recreation opportunities and the Mystic River ecosystem. Help out at community events and youth education programs, or support the Herring Run and Paddle! Join us at our outreach volunteer training on August 23rd at 8am or 6pm. Sign up here.

policy committee 

If you're interested in reducing plastic in the environment, advocating for climate resiliency efforts, saving conservation space and more, the policy committee may be for you.  Members draft letters to endorse or oppose legislation or in response to environmental permits and development proposals, testify at public hearings, etc. Read more.

water trees

Help us keep new trees alive in Somerville! Sign up here.


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