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, 07/28/21:

Due to a forecast of thunderstorms, the Mt. Monadnock trip on July 29, 2021 has been canceled. We will still meet at Bowen, following the standard day trip schedule of 9 AM - 4 PM.

We take the pandemic very seriously and want to make sure all of our students and counselors are as safe as possible. Every counselor has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

The Program respects all decisions regarding vaccination. If you are still considering getting vaccinated, you can find locations to do so here.

Please fill out this survey as soon as you can to help us get an idea of everyone's vaccination status. Even if you are undecided about vaccinations, or do not plan on having your student vaccinated, we ask that you still fill out the survey to help us with our planning. We really appreciate it -- thank you!

We are operating an in-the-field program. 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:
contact@newtonenvisci.org 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

Email: contact@newtonenvisci.org

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