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2017 School Environmental Action Showcase




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



George Mason University

Center for the Arts

4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030



What is the School Environmental Action Showcase?


For the sixth year, NoVA Outside and GMU are hosting the School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) on the GMU Fairfax campus.  This is a regional event welcoming students from Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County,  Falls Church City, Loudoun County, and Prince William County Public Schools.  

This event is all about empowering students.  The speakers are students and the participants are students and student eco team sponsors.  Last year’s event hosted over 500 student participants from 40 schools.   

The teams from across the region celebrate the “Green or Eco” work they are doing at their school and in their communities.  The student teams apply STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts to real, authentic, environmental problems they identify.   They develop action plans to solve the problems and go to work—reducing waste, conserving energy, providing habitat for animal species, creating sustainable food programs, cleaning watersheds, etc.

Besides showcasing student work, the regional Caring for Our Watersheds competition, hosted by Earth Force, is an important part of the event, and this year we are also partnering with the Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech, affording students an opportunity to tackle environmental problems using programming and sensors. We will again have an eco-art event - this year we ask students to create musical instruments and play them at the event.  All of this allows students, teachers and administrators to network, build knowledge and gain ideas to further their school’s efforts in environmental stewardship.  Participation in an event like this and the work that leads up to it is instrumental in helping students build 21st Century life skills (collaboration, critical thinking, communication, etc.) and service to the community.  

In addition to the above participants, over two dozen other partner organizations such as federal, state and local agencies and NGOs are invited to participate in the event to run hands on 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.



How can you participate? 

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.

• Recycled Material Musical Instruments (grades K-12) - create instruments and play music on them at SEAS - see the Music Festival Guidelines

Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 6-8) - Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed.

• High School Track (grades 9-12) - high school students registering for SEAS are automatically enrolled in the High School Track hosted by GMU Admissions.  Students will tour GMU science labs, network with other high school and GMU students, join sustainability and STEM career topic sessions, and more!

Go to School Registration
Download the Attendee Media Release Form (REQUIRED)

Eco-Partners can sign up to lead an activity for student groups at the partner village (outdoor tent area).  Our Eco-Partner invitation has more details. 


Go to Eco-Partner Registration

Volunteers can help in a variety of ways during the Showcase.

Volunteer online registration will open soon!

Sponsors are needed! Please contact



Questions? Contact




NoVA Outside is a fiscally sponsored project of United Charitable, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.