The live blue Service Corps offers ways to get involved with the mission of the Aquarium on a schedule that works for you! 

The Service Corps works with local environmental agencies and organizations to identify threats to the blue planet and develop projects to address those threats. Our volunteers are then mobilized to address these issues on the ground through various single-day projects! In this way, we take the mission of the Aquarium outside its walls and into the Greater Boston Area and beyond.

Getting involved is easy!  Just create a NEAq volunteer profile and then sign up for a single one-hour orientation on our calendar. You will then be added to our volunteer list and you can begin signing up for projects.


   Water Chestnut Removal on the Mystic River

A Service Corp member showing off invasive Water Chestnut on the Mystic River

Service Projects

When you're a member of the live blue Service Corps, you'll have the opportunity to participate in service projects all over eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod!

Projects in the past included:

  • Invasive Species removal and habitat restoration on the Boston Harbor Islands
  • Water Chestnut removal in the Charles and Mystic Rivers
  • Marine debris cleanups from Gloucester to Dorchester
  • Quahog "planting" and seeding in Barnstable
  • Dune grass harvesting and restoration in Ipswich
  • Walking the beaches of Cape Cod to identify and rescue hypothermic sea turtles
  • So many more!


Most of our events are field based and allow you to see the impact of what you’ve done that day.  We want our events to be accessible by public transportation and will do our best to provide transportation if that’s not possible.

Service Corp members "planting" quahogs in Barnstable