Natural & Environmental Sciences


Mr. Paul Crofts, Ms. Laura Gallant, Mr. George Protopopescu, and Mr. Anthony Wilbur


Water to drink, food to eat, and materials for shelter: the three essential things that keep us alive. The study of and management of natural resources is essential to keeping our communities safe. Natural & Environmental Science uses project-based learning to develop student skills in observation, assessment, analysis, and management of the environment and our natural resources. The fieldwork-based program immerses students into the full range of North Shore environments, including mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and coastal habitats.

Career Paths

  • Environmental and Civil Engineering
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
  • Forestry and Forest Services
  • Marine Biology
  • Park and Game Management
  • Environmental Law Enforcement
  • Maritime
  • Wastewater and Drinking Water
  • Conservation Biology
  • Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS) Environmental Planning
  • Conservation Law
  • Aquaculture
  • Agriculture and agribusiness
  • Aerospace


  • OSHA 10-hour General Industry
  • American Canoe Association (ACA) Flat Water Canoe Certification
  • Massachusetts Wastewater Operator
  • HAZWOPER 40-hour certification
  • LEED Green Associate
  • Sustainability 101,
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) Massachusetts Boat Safety.

Industry Partnerships 

  • Hancock Associates
  • Trustees of Reservations
  • MassAudubon
  • Essex Heritage
  • Haverhill Drinking Water Treatment
  • Danvers Drinking Water Treatment
  • Groundworks
  • NOAA
  • Ipswich River Watershed Association
  • New England Biolabs
  • FFA
  • SkillsUSA
  • Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police

Meeting Documents

Advisory Committee Members

Mike Armstrong, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Joe Buttner, Salem State University MH 538C
Marianna Coombs
Curtis Dragon, Earth Landscape
Jane Eydenberg, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Lynn Fletcher, Salem State University MH 538C
Steven Granese, N. Granese & Sons, Inc.
Michael Kastanotis, Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
Ellen Keane, NOAA Fisheries
Eric Magers, Seaside Sustainability
Marc Mahan, Trustees of the Reservations
Jason McCarthy, Danvers Water Treatment Plant
Robert Pelletier, Enpro Services, Inc.
Brad Perron, Salem and Beverly Water Supply Board
Lucia Ponte
Sophia Ponte
Davis Scribner, City of Peabody
Sally Sherman, Weston & Sampson
John Tomasz, Lynnfield Department of Public Works
Robert Vincent, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant Co