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Welcome to the Envi Sci 50th Anniversary site!

Envi Sci was created in 1967 - so this is our 50th anniversary year, and you are invited to the Program's celebrations in August!

The celebration includes three events, the main one being a party August 5th. Here are details:


Friday, August 4th: day hike at Mt. Monadnock for former students, leaders, and family members.

Saturday, August 5th - the main event: a reunion party in the afternoon and evening at Margarita's Restaurant (227 Moody Street, Waltham) with a buffet, slides, video, and stories. Plus a full-moon canoe trip on the Charles River just outside of Margarita's, with a guide from Charles River Canoe and Kayak! **

Sunday August 6th: informal brunch for attendees to meet and talk with other former leaders and students, hosted in a Newton home.

All three events are included in the price of the celebration weekend, $67 - PLUS you get the 50th anniversary edition of the Envi Sci T-shirt.


We need to hear from you to know if you plan to come, so that we can prepare the food, seating, and transportation accordingly.

Be specific: will you be coming to the party at Margarita's and do you think you will also go the day before to Mt. Monadnock? Will you canoe under a full moon?** How about staying Sunday for brunch? Feel free to contact us with any questions, by email at contact@newtonenvisci.org or by phone at 617-447-9317.

PLEASE help us spread the word by contacting anyone in your networks whom you know from Envi Sci and who might want to come. We already have people interested from the 1990's back to the 1970's!

Whether or not you can come, let us hear from you! When were you with the Program? Do you have stories? How did it affect your life? Please go to the Envi Sci 50th Facebook page and post your stories,videos, and photos: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011006940420.

If you can come, we will be delighted to receive your information as soon as possible. You can use the online registration page at:

OR, you can send your information (name, address, email address, phone number(s), when were you in the program?) and your check for $67 to:

David Backer, Executive Director
P.O. Box 600292
Newton, MA 02460

Make check out to "Environmental Science Program of Newton".

If you can't come, please consider donating to the Envi Sci Scholarship/Sustainability Fund using the online registration page:



-- David and the 50th Anniversary Committee

** We need you to RSVP specifically if you want to go on the full-moon canoe trip. ALSO: you must sign a waiver form (PDF file) to participate, and agree to NOT consume alcohol before going on this trip, per Charles River Canoe and Kayak rules.


And, Yes, the Program always appreciates any financial support it receives! It still is self-funded every year through student tuition and donations from organizations and individuals.

We will be very grateful if you can help us put together the 50th Anniversary celebration. We have already received several generous donations to the 50th celebration, my apologies if I have not yet included your name in this list!

  • Stuart Freudberg, a student, leader, and supporter of the Program then and now
  • Garen Corbett, a student, leader, and the person who first urged me to plan the 50th anniversary celebration!
  • Dr. David Keyes, a student and the Student Director in 1974 and 1975
  • Beth Holmberg, a student, leader, and previous supporter of the Program
  • Jenny (Casavant) Maitino, a student, Student Director, and Director
  • Eric Marshall, a student, in the Program
  • Mark Brotman, a student and a leader in the late 1970's / early 1980's
  • Howard Weiss, a student, leader, and the senior staff person in the early 1970's and 1980
  • Clement Su, a student and leader in the 2000's
  • Ernie Ruber, one of the original founders!

You can donate online through our registration page.

(note: eChecks are free, but for credit card donations we are required to add 2.95% of the total for the transaction)


Please send your mailed donations to:

The Environmental Science Program
c/o David Backer, Executive Director
Box 600292
Newton, MA 02460

We'll have the City send you a letter of thanks (mentioning tax deductibility) and I would like to list your name on the Supporters page (if that's okay with you).

Contact us if you have any questions about this. We hope you will join us in 2017!

contact@NewtonEnviSci.org or 617-447-9317 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST).

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