Donate to the Environmental Science Program

The Environmental Science Program operates solely on its tuition, and by support from its partners such as the Newton Conservators and Green Newton, and contributors we find each year. Like many organizations, we face rising costs for operating space, transportation, postage, and other expenses such as park admission fees. We also try to provide partial tuition scholarships each year to applicants who request financial assistance.

While we will continue to maintain the calendar of activities we have planned each year, we are also committed to keeping the Program as affordable as possible.

Our tuition for the one-month session in 2022 is $2,195 for Newton residents, and $2,245 for non-residents. Increased costs due to higher minimum wage, COVID-19 protocols, and transportation expenses require the new rates. Although those costs may be lower than some other outdoor programs, there are still families that cannot afford the full tuition.

If you have an interest in the environment, education for kids, or informed decision-making about the world around us, please consider supporting our program through a tax-deductible financial donation, or an in-kind contribution. We recognize our generous supporters through our communications to our participants and their families, and on our Supporters page.

Make donation checks payable to, and mail to:

The Environmental Science Program
c/o David Backer, Executive Director

246 Dudley Rd
Newton, MA 02459

Please write "donation' in the memo field.

For more information or to make in-kind donations, contact David Backer at or 617-447-9317 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm).

We will be happy to confirm your tax-deductible contribution with a letter from the Newton Conservation Commission. 

Thank you!