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The Green Radar: What to Do Around Boston

Even though Boston University’s Earth Week is over, there are still plenty of opportunities in Boston for those that want to do their part for Mother Earth.

Charles River Watershed Association
The CRWA is the volunteer group charged with cleaning, monitoring and preserving the 35 miles of the Charles River. The group provides a number of volunteer opportunities ranging from cleanups, to water monitoring and helping out at CRWA events, such as the annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race.

Boston University Environmental Student Organization
The largest environmental student group on campus, the ESO “strives to raise environmental awareness and create beneficial environmental change on campus as well as in the surrounding community of Boston.” Run entirely by students, the ESO holds dozens of awareness and volunteering events every year, most of which are free to BU community members. The ESO meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in CAS 442.

Blue Hills Trailwatch
The Blue Hills Reservation is a 7,000 acre national park located south of Boston. The park’s recreational trails are maintained by the parks service, but a volunteer group is tasked with the job of monitoring the trails and promoting responsible hiking among its users.

Zoo New England
The Franklin Park Zoo has a number of volunteer opportunities for people interested in helping the zoo advance its educational mission. None of the positions involve working with animals, and potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old and fill out an application.

Boston Natural Areas Network
The BNAN “works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land.” The group and its associates, including the Boston Gardeners Council, helps organize community gardens, and to preserve and protect urban wilds and greenways.

And of course, there are always the things you can do on your own, like buying from local grocers, remembering to recycle and conserving energy.