The Saturday Environmental Academy (SEA) currently offers two 10-week sessions (fall and spring), recruiting students from local area schools, tutoring programs, and church and community groups. SEA’s program complements the science curriculum offered by the District’s middle schools. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SEA involves students in a wide variety of outdoor learning opportunities that provide the students with a deeper understanding of the Anacostia River, the watershed community, and the impact that people have on the natural world.
During each 10-week fall and spring program, the Saturday Environmental Academy engages students in multiple activities, such as:
The curriculum is drawn from materials developed by national leaders in environmental education. Lessons employ a number of teaching methods to accommodate the needs of each individual student, and are designed to encourage student-centered learning. The students work in teams, guided by a teacher, organizing themselves and setting their own goals and tasks.
Through the use of concrete experiments and hands-on activities, SEA students discover the River’s problems for themselves, while at the same time developing their critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills. The curriculum is designed so that the students’ experiences build on each other from class to class, leaving them at the end with a concrete body of new knowledge. SEA’s program is unique because of its length, staff consistency, ratio of adults to students, and focus on middle/junior high school students.
For more information on SEA, please contact Catherine Estes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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