Fostering Coastal  & Environmental Stewardship


People will protect what they know and love. That's why we create opportunities locally  to learn about the coastal environment. Fostering stewardship is easy when you exemplify a love and appreciation of that resource. Our Marine and Maritime Festival is inspiring hundreds of people to learn about the coastal environment and how they can play a part in its improvement.

Environmental Stewardship through Shoreline Clean-ups 

The marine trash pollution problem is a global crisis, is a threat to human health and coastal habitats and is contributing to marine species extinction. But the global marine trash problem starts at the local level. We must do our part in Boston.  Since 2016, Harborkeepers' has been conducting volunteer shoreline clean-ups.  At the close of 2018, we documented a collection of over 2,555 pounds of trash through our clean-ups. From plastic bottles, to styrofoam, bottle caps, cigarette butts to all kinds of miscellaneous debris and litter, we've seen it all.  The marine trash keeps piling up on our shoreline.  With the amount of trash and debris Harborkeepers and supporters are collecting on a yearly basis, we can be rest assured that less trash is entering the ocean from our part of the coastline while improving waterfront areas for humans and marine life. You could be a harbor hero, too!  Send us an email if you would like to volunteer or if your group would like to sponsor a shoreline clean-up.

Inspiring the community in making a difference.

Thank you for sponsoring a shoreline clean-up:

Channel Fish Co. - Shore Plaza East - Aetna - Boston University Upward Bound - Donald McKay Elementary School - Excel Academy Charter School - The Eddy - Atlantic Works Gallery - Starbucks - Friends of the Boston Harborwalk - Boston East Residents - Love Your Block Volunteers - Friends of the East Boston Greenway - The East Boston High School Seniors 2019 - Lendlease

3/30/19 Shoreline Clean-up with Boston East Residents

Pounds of Trash Collected: 206 lbs.

Partners in Environmental Stewardship 

Building partnerships, fostering collaboration and creating spaces of connectedness between diverse stakeholders is at the core of our work of fostering environmental stewardship and building coastal resiliency. Together and in partnership, we can build resiliency from the ground up by advocating for better resources for our communities, building consensus on environmental progress, improving access to waterfront spaces equitably and uplifting all communities. Whether it's partnering on a marine education training session with the New England Aquarium, arranging a tour for locals to the Nantucket Lightship LV-112, organizing free kayak sessions with the Piers Park Sailing Center or coming together as partners to remove hundreds of pounds of trash from the shoreline with the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk, fostering environmental stewardship requires sustainable partnership-building and collaboration. Together, we will make more progress.

As a partner of the Barr Foundation's Waterfront Initiative, Harborkeepers works in conjunction with other waterfront stakeholders to create a welcoming, fun, productive and resilient waterfront, aWaterfront for All.