The School-Age Green Educators (SAGE) committee connects educators, parents and others who work with school age children (K-12). We provide networking opportunities and access to green resources and specialists in our area across a variety of learning domains.

Through networking and professional development activities, SAGE provides opportunities for individuals and organizations to learn from each other, as well as from experts in outdoor and environmental education.

SAGE Meet-Ups

SAGE offers regular Meet-Ups at schools, gathering places and field trip locations. Come to meet other parents and educators, to tour schools, to share experiences and get new ideas and inspiration!

Monthly SAGE Meet-Ups take place the second Thursday of most every month at different locations. Time is 5:00-6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Details forthcoming for tentative SAGE Meetups. Once events are confirmed, they will be posted to the NoVA Outside Facebook events page. Please share!


May 10, 2018

Terraset Elementary, 11411 Ridge Heights Road, Reston, VA 20191

Terraset’s Jann Canestra will share some of the school’s many outdoor learning and gardening projects. These projects include hydroponic gardening, vegetable gardening to supplement the school’s salad bar, end of the year farm market/garage sale where the students make their own products to sell, raising chicks and ducklings, and a weekly ‘green hour’ for students in all grades.

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June 14, 2018

Woodley Hills Elementary, 8718 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309

In this session you will learn about the journey that we took at Woodley Hills to establish a sustainable community garden and an outdoor fully functional learning space.  This presentation will take you through the ups and downs of the process, and current struggles regarding maintenance, vandalism, and environmental factors, as well as opening up dialogue as to the ways in which schools can overcome hardships and struggles in pursuing an endeavor such as this!

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Recent SAGE events

April 12: Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington. This meetup included a tour of the Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard that was created 20 years and included time for educators and parents to share best practices, challenges and successes. Images here.

February 8: Spotlight on 4-H Outdoor Explorers program at Arlington’s Randolph Elementary . This SAGE Meetup featured the 4-H Outdoor Explorers program. Run through Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Arlington office, this afterschool series pairs volunteer teams with youth to explore the great outdoors. Volunteers lead exciting, hands-on activities with the club each week for six weeks. Students go on scavenger hunts, search for birds, play in the dirt, and have a great time in nature. 

January 11: SAGE Happy Hour! at Oh George, 10659 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA. Making new contacts, discussing successes and frustrations, and establishing future partnerships is so important as we strive to bring green education to our students.  What better way to do that than at a SAGE Happy Hour! This is a time for everyone who works with school age children (K-12) to connect with fellow educators, get ideas for your program, and find out what’s planned for SAGE this spring.

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December 14, 2017 – River Farm Cooperative, 6744 S Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306
Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the River Farm Cooperative offers a dynamic elementary education program for children in grades K – 6. This nature-based, cooperative program is based on the premise that both parents and children are integral parts of a school community of lifelong learners.

Come learn how River Farm Cooperative has incorporated nature journaling, natural materials printing, gardening, construction of a bug hotel, and a field trip to Huntley Meadows into its curriculum.  River Farm parents and teachers will also share their commitment to teaching their students about social justice and their plans to link this to environmentalism in the future.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – The Howard Gardner School, 4913 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
This meetup is an opportunity to see how the school yard has been transformed into an outdoor classroom, native meadow, pond, and walking paths.  All of these elements have been designed, maintained and mostly implemented by students. 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 – George C. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
This meetup is an opportunity to learn about student lead initiatives from Marshall’s Earth Force, who were pivotal in encouraging the building’s innovative design and continue to lead the way on environmental efforts for the school.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Happy Hour at Mad Fox Brewing, 444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Please stop by to meet and greet other K-12 educators in Northern Virginia who are interested in bringing “green” into their classrooms, schools and curriculums. All disciplines are invited and encouraged to come!

To learn more, to volunteer or to inquire about hosting a Meet-Up, email