Join the Saturday Environmental Academy

Benefits to participating in SEA's fall and spring programs:

  • Visit cool environmental spots around DC (parks, gardens, museums, etc.)
  • Participate in hands-on environmental activities and learn how you can make a difference
  • Participate in an overnight trip with night hikes, campfires, and more
  • Earn community service hours for Saturday sessions that are service oriented (e.g., tree planting)
  • Make new friends from other schools
  • Build your resume for high school and college
  • Work with fun SEA Teacher/Mentors in a small Teacher to Student ratio

Guidelines for participation:

  • The Academy is free to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Students in the Anacostia Watershed (DC wards 5, 6, 7, & 8 and some areas of Maryland) are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Accepted students are expected to attend EVERY Saturday session in a 8-week semester program. Limited exceptions are made, e.g., for illness, travel, and testing. When possible, Catherine Estes, Program Director, must be notified in advance of an absence and reason. She can be reached at 202.368.1169.
  • Students should arrive at 745 8th Street, SE every Saturday promptly at 8:45 a.m. They should be promptly picked up at 1:00 p.m. if not given permission to take public transportation.
  • Students learn best by doing, so they will be participating in activities that are outside most of the time. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty and wet for activities such as tree planting, marsh restorations, boat trips and trash pick ups.
  • Closed-toe shoes are a requirement.
  • A list of supplies needed for the overnight camping trip will be given to each student. The Academy can help provide items such as sleeping bags and flash lights, as needed.

To apply for your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade child to participate, please fill out the Saturday Environmental Academy Application, and then scan and email them to Catherine Estes, SEA Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Catherine Estes by email or telephone at 202-368-1169 if you have any questions or if you need an alternative method for submitting the forms.

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