We work to introduce the public to the Neponset River and its waterways, wildlife, greenways, and forests.

We are committed to teaching people about the wildlife, history, and recreational opportunities in the Watershed; educating them about climate resiliency, water quality, water quantity, and threats to property and wildlife habitats; and offering solutions to make the Watershed a healthier place for all.


We offer seasonal activities across the Watershed for NepRWA members and non-members, including:

  • Staff-led paddles on the Neponset River
  • Geology, bird, history, and family-friendly walks
  • Learn to fish programs

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Our staff gives presentations to neighborhood associations, community groups, libraries, garden clubs, scout groups, church/temple groups, senior centers, businesses, and more.

Let us know if you’re interested in having us visit with your group and we’ll work with you to put together an interesting and informative program.

For more information, contact NepRWA Outreach & Communications Director, Nancy Fyler, at fyler@neponset.org

Youth/Young Adult Programs

We customize programs for all age groups and audiences.

Program partners include:

Southwest Boston CDC Green Team

Each summer, our staff meets with the “Green Team,” a youth environmental group based in Hyde Park that is run by the Southwest Community Development Corporation.

The Green Team restores conservation woodlands (urban wilds) in Hyde Park by building and maintaining walking trails, planting trees, and removing invasive plants.   

The Green team members also participate in:

  • River cleanups
  • water sampling
  • capturing and identifying macroinvertebrates

X-Cel Education

NepRWA has partnered with the X-Cel Education Program, whose mission is to improve economic opportunity in underserved Greater Boston neighborhoods.

NepRWA science staff teaches members how to properly collect water samples, collect data, and test water samples in a laboratory.

The partnership, which began in 2019, allows the gathering of water quality data from water bodies that are unassessed or haven’t been assessed in at least 10 years to be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, where it can be analyzed and steps can be taken to improve water quality in the Neponset River Watershed.

Watch a film about the X-cel Conservation Corps by Trillium Studios.