About SGW

We show how “teaching green” can be fun — in schools, special events, workshops, the Newton Library, the Farmers Market and more! Some of what we do:

  • Create and coordinate kids’ programs and activities
  • Environment-related projects for NewtonSERVES
  • Help represent Green Newton at Newton city events and village festivals
  • Write articles for the Green News or your school newspaper
  • Greening Our Community program in May – an all-student presentation by SGW and guest students from Newton schools!
  • Partner with Newton Community Farm, the library, Newton Unplugged and Connected and other organizations


SGW meets monthly September – June. We’re from all 4 middle schools and both high schools in Newton as well as private schools. Kids under 12 can also volunteer with us as SGW interns at events and the Farmers Market.

SGW Meetings 2017-2018 Calendar (All on Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm)

Newton Free Library ([email protected] or 617-965-1995 for info)

  • 2017   Schedule
    • September 11
    • October 2
    • No November meeting
    • December 4
  • 2018
    • No January meeting
    • February 5
    • No March meeting (March 8 event)
    • April 9  (April 29 NewtonSERVES)
    • May 7  or 14  (May 21 (SGW program)
  • Check out SGW by the Numbers!

Cool Wild Boars Albert, Michael & Alison Cropped

Wild Boars: Our nickname and logo were inspired by the strong-willed, brave and fun-loving characters in Meet Wild Boars and Wild Boars Cook, by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall. Wild Boars Cook 250

We later learned about the Hindu myth of Vishnu who changed himself into a wild boar to save the earth from a demon!

Wild Boar Hindu Avatar

http://www.kidsgen.com/fables_and_fairytales/indian_mythology_stories/varaha_avatar.htm – Yjbx5GJfdK3gAv5o.99
Wild Boar Awards: Created in 2013 and presented to adults who help SGW reach our goal of teaching kids how to be environmentally aware.

2017 Awards:

  • Tom Ashley, Dancing Bear Farm , Newton Farmers Market
  • Will Chamberland and Ellen Weiss, Bowen After School Care Program
  • Stephanie Pavao and Molly Widrick, Newton South HS UNESCO Team Advisors
  • Sally Rosen, Newton South HS Science Teacher
  • Adam Peloquin, Newton North HS,  Greengineeers Advisor
  • Miles Smith and Tom Boyd, Sound and Video, Green Newton

2016 Awards:

  • Stefanie Kane and Lyla Yee, Junior Girl Scout Troop 73452 Leaders
  • Jean Holmblad and Catherine Wilson, Newton Free Library
  • Henry Toulmin, Brown Middle School, New Garden Project Advisor
  • Jonathan Orren, Newton South HS,  Farm Club Advisor
  • Ann Dannenberg, Newton North HS,  Envirothon Team Coach
  • Jon-Paul Conopka, Newton North HS Graphic Communications

2015 Awards:

  • Jane Malmberg, Supervisor and Deena Zuckerman, Asst. Supervisor, Newton Free Library Children’s Department
  • Dirk Detlefsen and Mary Ann Garrity, 5th Grade Teachers, Countryside Elementary School
  • Kathryn Teissier and Jennifer Szczebak, Green Club Coordinators, F. A. Day Middle School
  • Sue Bottino, Cabot Elementary PTO and Green Newton Schools Outreach Committee
  • Mindy Sieber, Sunwoo Kahng, Jack Cheng and Christopher Uryga, Green Newton Communications Committee

2014 Awards:

  • Rachael Simkins-Makela, Art Teacher at Zervas Elementary School
  • Eric Bobby – Schools Outreach Committee Chair/Green Newton
  • Judy Dore – Newton Farmers Market Manager, Newton Parks & Recreation

2013 Awards:

  • Diane Jaquith, Art Teacher at Burr and Franklin Elementary Schools
  • Elise Blanken & Hope Rathnam, Solomon Schechter Day School Extended Day
  • Stephen Chinosi – Newton North High School English Dept. & Chief Innovation Officer for Greengineers(GNRG)
  • Ellen Meyers – Director of Programs & Communications, Newton Free Library