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Registration for 2018

NOTE, 3/29/18:
We have started a waiting list because we have reached our capacity for this year.

Please contact us to register a student on the waiting list:

- by telephone: call us at 617-447-9317. If we cannot pick up the phone, please leave us your name, phone number, email address and student's name. We will return your call as soon as possible

- by email: send your name, phone number, email address and student's name to:

- by postal mail: Download the registration form for 2018, and send the completed form to:

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

We will confirm that we have received your information, and we will contact you if a space becomes available. The full registration Fee is $1,395 (no discounts apply).

Have questions now? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Note also that in order for your student to participate in the Program, you must provide the following forms and a doctor's exam sheet (dated within past 2 years):

1. Consent Form/Release from Liability (1 page);
2. Photo/Video Release Form (1 page);
3. Immunization Record (Staff & Students under 18) + Special Activities Permission Form (3 pages); and
4. Authorization to Administer Medication to a Camper Form (1 page).

You can download these forms from the forms page. The completed forms can be scanned and uploaded with your online registration or mailed to David Backer, Executive Director, Environmental Science Program, P.O. Box 600292, Newton, MA 02460.

If you are registering by postal mail, please make checks payable to: "Environmental Science Program, City of Newton" and mail your completed form and payment to:

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

Questions? Please call 617-447-9317

The Environmental Science Program is open to students who will be entering grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 by September 2018. This year, the program will operate from July 5th, 2018 to August 2nd, 2018*. If you have any questions about the Program or the plans for Summer of 2018, please contact us at
* dates of operation may change due to Newton public schools snow days schedule.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available in the form of partial scholarships donated by the Newton Conservators, Inc., Green Newton, and other organizations and individuals (see our Supporters page). Aid will be awarded based on need and availability. To find out about financial aid, please contact the Executive Director, David Backer at or by phone at (617) 447-9317 (M-F 9:00 am - 5:00 pm).

2016 leaders at the Camp Source Expo

Geneva, Avery, Miles, Annie, Nick, and Jared at the Teen Summer Expo

This program must comply with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the City of Newton Health Department. Parents or guardians have the right to review background checks of all leaders and staff, as required by applicable law. Contact Human Resources Department, City of Newton, 617-796-1260.

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