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Getting to Know: Gil Newton


Cape Cod Seashore Book

Mr. Newton’s most recent book is a comprehensive exploration of the shoreline and celebrates the diversity of life along the shore.

Salt Marsh book

Mr. Newton’s first book is a tour through Crocker Neck, in his hometown of Cotuit. All of his books are illustrated with photos by Chris Dumas, Gil’s colleague and friend and SHS science teacher.

The proceeds of all of Gil Newton's books go to the Barnstable Land Trust.

The proceeds of all of Gil Newton’s books go to the Barnstable Land Trust.



Gil Newton, Director of our about-to-be-launched STEM Academy, is a man of many interests and talents. Gil is is a Cape Cod native who has been teaching environmental science at Sandwich High School for many years. His subjects have included coastal ecology, botany, coastal zone management, and environmental technology. Gil is one of the founders of the Barnstable Land Trust.  He is also the past president of the Thornton W. Burgess Society in Sandwich and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.

For the last 10 years, Gil has been the Program Director of ASLP, the Advanced Student Leadership Program. ASLP is an opportunity for high-achieving middle school students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – and the arts and humanities – on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay.

We wouldn’t be inclined to ask Mr. Newton which of his books is his favorite; it would be like asking a parent which was a favorite child.  In our experience, however, Gil manages to insert the topic of seaweed into nearly every conversation we have with him!


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