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Newton Environmental Science Program
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Welcome to "Envi Sci", a unique summer program that lets students explore the wilderness and learn about the environment!

The Envi Sci Program is based at Bowen Elementary School, 280 Cypress Street, Newton Centre near the Newton Centre T-stop (map opens in new window).

Each year, our students have fun hiking, biking, canoeing, and more. The last three days of the Program are dedicated to a back-packing trip to Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. We take approximately 35 students who will be entering grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 in September of 2024.

If you would like to learn about the Program, please contact the Camp Coordinator at or (617-796-1522).

Trip Slips
Trip Slips

Each trip comes with a document that describes the trip and includes relevant information such as the duration and the meeting place. These documents are called trip slips and they are handed out to campers the day before the trip. Once summer starts, you'll find them on the calendar page by viewing the attachment under each date.


Every year, the program goes on a 12-mile canoe trip on the Charles River, an expedition through the salt marshes of Gloucester, MA, numerous hiking trips, and more. The program ends with an exhilarating three-day backpacking trip up the highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington. We try our best to take photos every year, so feel free to look at some of the views from previous years! 


Watch Lois Levin's 2017 "Trailblazers" interview with our Executive Director, David Backer (opens in new window):

Read about the Envi Sci Program's 50th Anniversary in the Newton Conservators' newsletter and an article about the Program in the Newton TAB.

2017: Envi Sci's 50th anniversary celebration!

Yes, The Envi Sci Program was 50 years old in 2017, and the Program had a series of events to celebrate! Find out more at the Envi Sci 50th Anniversary site and contact us if you would like to know more.

Envi Sci Program wins Award from Green Newton 
The Envi Sci Program received Green Newton's 2015 Environmental Leadership Award to a Community Group at a ceremony at the Newton Free Library. The award is given to honor those who have made great contributions to sustainability in the last year.



Phone: 617-796-1522

(Aaron Friedman, Camp Coordinator) 
(Michael Leyfer, Director)

Mail: Environmental Science Program
c/o Camp Coordinator
246 Dudley Rd
Newton, MA 02459
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