NoVA Outside’s Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) is a regional event welcoming students from Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City/County, Falls Church, Prince William, and beyond. This year SEAS will be a virtual showcase with activities for all ages in the first week of May.

Visit the SEAS site

Submissions for this year’s Environmental Action Through Art exhibition should be entered on the ECO-ART SUBMISSION FORM. If you are unable to access the form, please email materials and permission form to

About SEAS

SEAS brings 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.

School-age youth can participate in various ways:

Environmental Action Through Art (all grades) – Share your artwork with the goal of inspiring community change to improve the environment. Review guidelines/details here before submitting materials via the Eco-Art Submission Form.

• Virtual SEAS activities (all grades) – the SEAS website and social media will highlight student art/projects and share partner videos that can help students hone their environmental skills.

Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 5-12) – Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed. All teams are invited to participate in SEAS. The top 10 finalist teams will present their proposals.

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.

SEAS 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can view the recorded virtual SEAS 2021 and/or check out this detailed recap of SEAS 2019.

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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