Fall 2019 Semester Schedule

Theme: “Climate Change: Impacts & Solutions in the Anacostia Watershed” – part I

This academic year, SEA will explore the topic of climate change from the perspective of the Anacostia Watershed. We will discuss and learn about the basics of climate change, how so many aspects of our daily life are connected to it, what local government agencies and organizations are doing about it, and how we as individuals can have a positive impact on it. We’ll do this in the SEA way, the hands-on way! We’ll work in a local garden to explore connections among our food choices, watershed, and climate change; learn from Casey Trees and help them with a native tree planting; meet climate experts from the DC Department of Energy & Environment to do a hands-on climate activity; take to the water with Living Classrooms to further investigate the topic on an overnight trip; and more! SEA students will also reflect on what they learned in the fall and brainstorm climate-related sessions they would be interested in for Spring 2020 to deepen their learning. It’s a big, pressing topic. Let’s get started!


Get to know the SEA students and staff with ice breakers & team building activities. Discuss SEA expectations. Learn about our theme and the basics of climate change. Begin to investigate connections between our food supply and climate change with a hands-on activity at a local farmers’ market.


Meet City Blossoms for a garden workday! Weed, plant, mulch, water, and do art as we learn more about the connections between land use / food choices and climate change.


Explore the topic of environmental justice and its connections to climate change. Help set up the Festival del Rio, an event geared at engaging diverse community members. Participate in festival activities, including boat tours, canoeing, fishing, nature walks, and other interactive activities at partner exhibits.


Help AWS with a Meadow Restoration Workday at the confluence of the Anacostia River. Work on meadow grassland habitat maintenance to benefit pollinators. Pollinators are negatively impacted by climate change due to changes occurring to their habitat and diet. Activities we may do to make a positive impact on pollinators include removing invasive plant species and/or propagating native plants, as well as creating houses for Mason Bees.


Take an overnight trip with Living Classrooms. Ride their historic boat, the Mildred Belle, as we do shipboard activities related to climate change. Camp at a park off the Potomac River and enjoy a campfire with s’mores and more!


Visit Casey Trees on Heritage Island to learn about their mission and do some hands-on activities. Take a walking tour while learning about the importance of an urban forest and how trees fight climate change. Culminate the day by planting native trees on the island!


Meet Smithsonian staff for an interactive climate change workshop. Explore the Natural History Museum’s new Deep Time and Science on a Sphere exhibits. Learn about their connections to climate research and understand changes in our climate from the past and in the present.


Meet climate leaders from the DC Department of Energy & Environment. Learn about climate science and how DC is building local resiliency and taking action to combat climate change. Help plan sessions for SEA’s Spring Program that will continue our exploration of climate change.

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