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 2021.

UPDATE, 05/21/21:

From Mayor Fuller's Office:

**Vaccination Clinic at Newton North this Weekend!** 


A vaccination clinic is open here in Newton to all students 12 and over as well as anyone else who is currently eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.


Sign up now!


When: Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 (First Dose)


Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Where: Newton North High School (457 Walnut St., Newtonville)



The second dose will be offered at clinics scheduled for Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. The appointment for the second dose will be scheduled immediately after the first dose.


The clinic is the result of a partnership with the Holtzman Medical Group, the City’s Health and Human Services staff, and the Newton Public Schools. We are deeply grateful for the Holtzman’s ongoing support.


Important Clinic Information:


Students must be pre-registered and accompanied to the clinic by a parent or legal guardian.


Please park in the Lowell Avenue parking lot and enter Newton North via the glass doors facing Lowell Avenue. Check-in is in the main lobby and the clinic is in the cafeteria. Here is a map.


Please print and complete this informed consent form and this pre-vaccination screening form and bring it to your appointment. If you are unable to print at home, blank forms are available on site.


The Program has reached its capacity limit, so we have started a waiting list. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please visit the Apply Page for instructions.

Thank you for understanding.

The online registration page may still allow payments. Until that has been changed, we will notify you by email if you have been placed on the waiting list after a payment. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


Also: Due to our recent website switch, emails sent to between the morning of Saturday, March 6 and the evening of Monday, March 8 may not have reached the inbox. If you're waiting for a response, please follow up and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!

We are planning to operate an in-the-field Program if we can. We are running the Program with the understanding that we will continue to re-visit the circumstances of the pandemic, and we will provide updates about the plans as we have better information. 

If you would like to learn about the Program, please contact us at: or (617-447-9317).
We hope you and your family will stay well.

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 the article about the Envi Sci Program's 50th Annniversary in the July 2017 Newton TAB, and the previous article about the Program.

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: 617-447-9317
Mail: Environmental Science Program
c/o David Backer, Executive Director
P.O. Box 600292
Newton, MA 02460