3/16/2020 – The 2020 SEAS event has been canceled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and planning will soon be underway for reconvening in spring 2021. Many thanks to the SEAS planning team, and to the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia’s Environment Fund and the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers for their continued support.

NoVA Outside’s Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) is a regional event welcoming students from Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City/County, Falls Church, Loudoun, Prince William, and beyond.

SEAS brings these students together to amplify youth voice in environmental problem-solving. Student presenters, green/eco teams, and classroom groups share their projects reducing waste, conserving energy, improving water quality, and preserving natural habitat in their schoolyards and communities. Each year we host student participants from as many as 50 area schools.

SEAS allows students, teachers and administrators to network, build knowledge and gain ideas to further their school’s efforts in environmental stewardship. In addition, two dozen partner organizations such as federal, state and local agencies and NGOs provide hands-on green STEAM learning activities for the students and talk to kids about their careers.

Students can participate in various ways:

• General Showcase (grades K-12) – Put together a small table top presentation and tell us what you are up to.  Just getting started? Well on your way? That’s okay! Come and share ideas.

• Trashion Fashion (all ages) – An upcycled clothing fashion show, the SEAS eco-art event for 2020. See Trashion Fashion rules and regulations.

Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 6-10) – Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed. All teams are invited to the Showcase. The top 10 regional teams will present their proposals at SEAS.

• Our Power (grades 6-12, select schools) – students meet in a small group setting with decision-makers and leaders to learn how they can be more effective in their projects and advocacy. Groups will be matched based on descriptions of your environment/civics project, schedule permitting.

Envirothon and High School Track – network with others and see how you are all improving our environment.  See the Envirothon finalist presentations as they prepare for the regional competition. Interact with college students in environment related majors.

Register your school

Volunteers and Sponsors for the event are appreciated. Please contact if interested.

Many thanks to our sponsoring partners:

The event is held in partnership with George Mason University’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) and with Earth Force, which annually hosts the Chesapeake Bay Caring for Our Watersheds competition finals as part of the event. We also partner with the Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech, affording students an opportunity to tackle environmental problems using programming and sensors.

Each year SEAS features an eco-art event. In past years these have included a recycled-material mascot contest, a Video Visions exhibition, a photo contest, and a music festival with performances on instruments built from recycled materials.

Elected officials, senior school personnel, corporations, state education officials, and others are invited to the event to share with the students and to become more aware of the strength of student environmental action in Northern Virginia and the importance of supporting such work.

Check out this detailed recap of SEAS 2019. More than 600 students from nearly 50 schools attended.

See the NoVA Outside May 2018 newsletter for a recap of SEAS 2018. Photos from the event can be seen in this blog post and on Twitter #NOVASEAS18.

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