KeySteps - UMass Boston School for the Environment (Grades 4-7)

The program will be offered daily – Monday – Friday, 8:30-3:00, for five weeks and commence on July 5, 2022 & conclude on August 5, 2022. Ratio of staff to students 1:15. A maximum of 5 subject specific units selected for study. To increase elementary and middle school youths’ understanding of the inter-relationship of earth science: the skills used & tools needed to explore, observe, identify, record, measure, compare, list and analyze our natural habitat. Youth will record & connect similarity & differences in observations in ‘one place over time’ and examine how, why, when & where the changes occurred. Outcomes: Social awareness, self management, social relations & critical thinking skills will be emphasized. Good health & wellness will be enhanced, new friendships will be cultivated and personal strengths, assets & external supports identified.

Grades Served: 2021-2022 School Year Grades 4-7; 2022-2023 School Year Grades 5-8


Program Contact: Bette O'Gara

Contact Email:

This program is part of a Summer 2022 Vision Site. It will offer:
1. Meals prepared onsite
2. Transportation will be offered to transportation-eligible students from a limited number of designated neighborhood "hub" stops. Some travel may be required. Buses will leave and return to "hub" stops only at their assigned times. Students who RSVP by the deadline will receive "hub" stop assignments by the end of June.
3. Extended Day: Transportation will not be offered for students who enroll in extended day programming. Parents/Guardians/Daycare providers are responsible for student pick up at the end of the extended day.

Hub Stops for all Summer Programs taking place at Dearborn will be as follows:

Bus 1 - Oak Sq, Shawmut St @ Ruggles St
Bus 2 - Forest Hills Station, Jackson Sq Station
Bus 3 - Mattapan Station, Ashmont Station, Fields Corner Station