Community Groups

One great way to get more involved in sustainability is to join one of the many green community groups working in and around Medford. These organizations advocate for the preservation of Medford’s natural resources, run environmental cleanups, and set up green events in Medford year-round. Below is a list of some of the environmental groups active in the Medford area that you can join. Contact us if there’s another Medford-based environmentally-focused group you’d like to see on this page!

*Please note that these organizations are private citizen groups that do not represent the City or its views. This page is designed to help residents find out more about how they can help protect, preserve, and advocate for Medford’s environment*

Brooks Estate Land Trust:

The Brooks Estate offers acres of open space, walking trails, Brooks Pond, and a unique historic landscape. It is also a critical habitat for birds and small mammals. Volunteers can help with a variety of tasks including trail maintenance, wildlife surveys, and preservation work.

Friends of the Fells:
A group dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells. They promote awareness, policies, and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical, and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.

Friends of Mystic River:
A Medford-based volunteer organization focused on the enjoyment, protection, and enhancement of the Mystic River since 1995.

Friends of the Malden River:

The Friends of the Malden River is a community group working to promote awareness and interest in the Malden River, improve its water quality, and increase access for public enjoyment. Founded in 2012, the group operates in Everett, Malden, and Medford, the three communities that border the river.

350 Mass Mystic Valley:

People-powered climate action group working in the Mystic Valley region of Massachusetts, including Medford, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, and Everett. Part of statewide 350 Mass movement.

Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA):

MyRWA’s mission is to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations. They work to protect water quality, restore important habitats, build climate resilience, transform parks and paths, and inspire youth and community members.

Trees Medford: 

Founded in 2018, Trees Medford supports the City’s tree warden’s work and advocates for tree-planting and tree-maintenance projects.

Walk Medford:

Walk Medford is a non-profit pedestrian advocacy organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in Medford.