Esplanade Association

575 Boylston St #4r, Boston, Ma 02116
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Our mission The Esplanade Association works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone.

Esplanade Association

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Volunteer Photographer Program

Are you inspired by the Esplanade? Are you looking to build your personal portfolio of photos? We need your skills! The Esplanade Association is seeking dedicated photographers to help showcase the beauty and vitality of the Esplanade and to help build awareness of the work we do to care for the park throughout the year.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Volunteer Docent Program

The Esplanade Association (EA) is seeking passionate volunteer tour docents to lead tours of the Esplanade. This is a great opportunity to engage with the public and learn more about the fascinating history and ecology of the park! Docents will supplement staff to help EA offer more tours to the public, educating them on our history, mission, programming and more.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Groups Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your company’s employees to volunteer on the Esplanade as part of our award-winning Volunteer Program! Volunteering with the Esplanade Association is a great way to build team camaraderie while participating in a visible philanthropic effort to benefit a local nonprofit. Volunteers report a sense of pride caring for a public space that they are likely to return to with friends and family.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

The Esplanade Association is seeking civic-minded community members to join our Individual Volunteer Program. Whether we’re hosting educational, cultural, or recreational programs for the community or caring for 15 ornamental gardens and 1,700 trees, we need your support! Volunteers will assist with event setup and registration, specialized horticultural tasks, office mailings, and more, based on their interests and availability throughout the year. Small groups or families are welcome to participate together!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Friends Council

The Friends Council is a group of emerging park lovers dedicated to quality of life in Boston and iconic open spaces like the Esplanade. Friends Council members are passionate about the Esplanade Association’s work to revitalize, enhance, maintain, and program the Esplanade and socialize at a variety of networking and benefit events throughout the year. Whether you’re a neighbor, run along the Charles each morning before work, take your favorite four-legged friend for their daily Esplanade walk, or relish the long summer evenings with your friends on the docks, the Friends Council is always looking for new members who treasure the Esplanade and want to share their enthusiasm with others.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteering is essential to keeping the Esplanade clean and beautiful and enabling us to put on fun and free programs and events year round. The Esplanade Association has opportunities for groups and individuals throughout the year. Working alongside Esplanade Association staff, volunteers participate in a host of projects, programs, and events including managing invasive species, painting benches, assisting with family-friendly events, helping with guided tours, and so much more! Volunteer opportunities vary by season.
About us The Esplanade is the stretch of public green space that extends for three miles one way along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University (BU) Bridge. In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, recreational facilities, and over five miles of pathway for walking, running, or biking.
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