SEA Spring 2017 Schedule

Theme: Protecting Parks in Your Community!

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, but they are celebrating all year long and SEA is too! SEA’s fall theme was “Celebrating Parks in Your Community” and our spring theme is “Protecting Parks in Your Community.” Parks…some are small (think neighborhood park); some are big (think Rock Creek Park or Fort Dupont Park). Yet, they all provide something essential to a healthy, green lifestyle—access to green space and a break from roads, concrete, and buildings. Research shows that trees and green space can decrease crime, increase property values, positively impact human health, improve the health of our environment (e.g., trees’ roots hold the soil in place so less washes into the Anacostia River during rainstorms), provide habitat for wildlife, and more. According to the August 2013 issue of “Sustainable DC Monthly: Taking Care of Nature,” D.C. has 7,679 acres of parkland that make up 20% of the city’s total land area. In 2013, the Trust for Public Land ranked D.C. 6th in the country for access to parks. Way to go, D.C.! This spring semester, SEA will participate in service-learning activities in and near several parks around our city to help protect these valuable resources.

DATE

TOPICS

LOCATION

3/11

Introductions; discussion on expectations and semester theme; and team building & environmental education activities. 

Sasha Bruce Center & neighborhood parks, DC

3/18

Protect a local Anacostia Watershed park by removing invasive species and planting native seedlings with the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS).

Anacostia Watershed Park

3/25

Join the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens with a day of volunteer service at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! This incredible national park site showcases historic ponds with spectacular water lilies and lotus, tidal marsh, and habitat for abundant wildlife. We will protect, restore, and promote this jewel along the Anacostia River in Washington, DC through planting, greenhouse potting, invasive species removal, and other activities.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC

4/1

Learn about the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River. See the future park site and designs and give your feedback as students and future users of the park! Then, make fish windsocks with ArtReach in preparation for the 3rd annual Anacostia River Festival!

Anacostia National Park, Washington, DC

4/8

Be a Citizen Scientist with Casey Trees and help with a tree inventory in a local DC park. We’ll use scientific instruments to record data on the trees present in the park. This data will be included in an online interactive map and given to the Urban Forestry Administration to better manage the trees in the park..

Garfield Park, Washington, DC

4/15

NO SESSION - Easter Weekend

 

4/22

Protect the Anacostia Watershed and parks within it as we take part in the AWS’ Earth Day Cleanup to help remove trash from the Anacostia River. SEA students see firsthand the positive impact to our environment and aquatic life. We’ll fill multiple bags of trash/recycling as we participate in this Earth Day event taking place in multiple locations in DC and Maryland.

Seafarer’s Yacht Club/ Eastern Power Boat Club area & Anacostia River, Washington, DC

4/29-4/30

SEA Overnight Trip
Participate in team building, environmental education, and campfire activities. Always a highlight of the semester!

Echo Hill Outdoor School, Eastern Shore, MD

5/6

Join City Blossoms and other volunteers at a DC school garden. Learn the value of the garden to the nearby Anacostia Park and River Walk. Participate in spring planting, weeding, mulching, building, art, and other activities in the garden.

Randle Highlands Elementary School, Washington, DC

5/13

Participate in a fun boating day on the Anacostia River with AWS. See the local wildlife and plants, which we are trying to protect this semester, up close!

Bladensburg Waterfront Park & Anacostia River, MD

5/20

SEA students and guests participate in a wetland planting on Kingman Island. Pull on your waders as we jump in to protect and restore the health of this parkland in the Anacostia Watershed to culminate our semester theme!

Kingman Island, Washington DC

 

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