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 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!

SAGE Meet-Ups take place the second Thursday of each month at different locations.

Time is 5:00-6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Upcoming SAGE Meet-Ups for 2017-2018

December 14

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.

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

January 11: SAGE Happy Hour at Oh George, 10659 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA, 22032, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Come and join School Aged Green Educators (SAGE) at Oh George in Fairfax to kick off the New Year with happy hour drinks and energizing conversations! 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.

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! We look forward to seeing you there!

January 19: Junior Master Gardener training at Fairlington Community Center in Arlington

It’s time to inspire the next generation of Master Gardeners! This training will introduce you to the 4-H Junior Master Gardener program, open to volunteers in Arlington and Alexandria. Participants are encouraged but not required to join a volunteer team in Arlington or Alexandria for Spring 2018.

This training is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fairlington Community Center in Arlington. Participants should bring a lunch. Contact 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at or 703-228-6404 to register.

February 8: Overview of 4-H Outdoor Explorers program

This SAGE Meetup will feature 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. Join us on February 8 from 5-6 PM to learn about this curriculum and get ideas on how this program might work at other sites.

March 8

Tentative – Mantua Elementary in Fairfax


April 10

NoVA Outside School Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University

April 12

Tentative – Discovery Elementary in Arlington

May 10

Terraset Elementary in Fairfax

Details forthcoming.

June 14

Woodley Hills Elementary in Fairfax

Details forthcoming.


Recent events

Thursday, November 95-6pm
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. 

View photos of this Meetup here

Thursday, October 125-6pm
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 145-6pm

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