The Environmental Science Program (http://www.newtonenvisci.org)
still has openings for campers this summer!
The “Envi Sci” program is a unique month-long outdoor program held in July 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.
Register or get more information at http://www.newtonenvisci.org
Contact: David S. Backer, Executive Director
Environmental Science Program of Newton
P.O. Box 600292
Newton, MA 02460