Save the date for SEAS 2019: Tuesday, April 23, 10am-2pm @ GMU Center for the Arts

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

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 as many as 500 student participants from 40 area schools.

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.

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 Virginia Caring for Our Watersheds competition 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 also features an eco-art event. In past years these have included a recycled-material mascot contest, a Video Visions exhibition, and a music festival with performances on instruments  built from recycled materials.

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.

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.

Interested sponsors can contact showcase@novaoutside.org

Students can participate by entering:

• General Showcase (grades K-12) – bring a 5-8 students with a tri-fold display highlighting the environmental stewardship efforts at your school.

• Eco-Art Exhibition (grades K-12) – stay tuned for details!

• Our Power (grades 6-12) – 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.

Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 6-10) – Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed.

Eco-Partners can sign up to lead an activity for student groups at the partner village (outdoor tent area).  Details to come soon.

Volunteers and Sponsors for the event are appreciated. Please contact showcase@novaoutside.org if interested.

Questions? Contact showcase@novaoutside.org