Environmental Science Program

    Environmental Science Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Day
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Call: (617) 447-9317
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    The Environmental Science Program is a unique science camp for girls & boys entering grades 7-10. Students hike, canoe, back-pack in the wilderness, learn about environmental science, do an environmental cleanup service project, study wildlife, climb Mt. Washington, and can apply to be leaders.

    The "Envi Sci" program is a unique month-long outdoor program for teenagers that gives students the chance to have fun enjoying the wilderness while learning about the science of the environment.

    Highlights of the program include hikes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire such as the Blue Hills and Mount Monadnock, bicycle trips, a 12-mile canoe trip on the Charles River, and an expedition through the salt marshes of the North shore near Gloucester. The program ends with an exhilarating three-day backpacking trip up the highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington.

    The program centers around the idea that students learn best about their surroundings when taught by other students in the specific environment. Leaders design and develop the science workshops to teach the students during daily hiking or biking trips. Workshops cover topics such as geology, botany, ecology, water cycle, pollution issues, and conservation.

    Each year there is an environmental cleanup project in which participants get hands-on involvement with improving an environmental site.

    The program began as a Ford Foundation Project in 1967 headed by a Newton science teacher, and has continued for many years as part of the Newton Conservation Commission. We take about 35 students who will be going into grades 7 through 10. New students are encouraged to return and become leaders in subsequent years, continuing the thread of responsibility for care and teaching about the environment.

    Reviews (1)

    • Wonderful way to spend the summer
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on 24/04/2016 by Julia Saukkonen

      I joined Envi Sci many years ago as a student. While at the program, I made a group of friends that became like family, and we still keep in touch (I'm even working alongside some of them now.) The camp's leaders were knowledgable and well-trained, as well as incredibly supportive and friendly. The trips we took were fun as well as educational, and I got the opportunity to get a closer look at the environment around me. I found myself identifying plants even outside the program, evaluating ecosystems and most importantly discovered a desire to learn more and more. The Mount Washington trip is definitely a highlight of the experience at Envi Sci- we get to explore a completely different ecosystem, build trust, and get some great exercise along the way.
      While the Newton Environmental Science Camp is certainly dedicated to teaching about environmental sciences, I found that the passion in each and every person involved in the program- students and leaders alike- was what kept me coming back year after year. I am not an environmental science major, but I find that my interest in parks, community, and the environment drives me to explore and even relate it to my own work even today as I pursue a film and television production degree.
      I have come out of this program a much more confident, educated and passionate person, and would highly recommend this program.

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