Spring 2020 Semester Schedule

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

This academic year, SEA is exploring the topic of climate change from the perspective of the Anacostia Watershed. We are discussing and learning some of 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 are doing this the SEA way, the hands-on way! We’ll get a special tour of the Smithsonian’s Deep Time exhibit that has direct connections to climate change; meet environmental staff from the DC Department of Transportation and work with them on a green infrastructure site; take an overnight trip to a site with a certified “Living Building” that meets the strictest of green building standards; work in a local garden to explore connections among our food choices, watershed, and climate change; and more! Climate change is a big, pressing topic. Let’s forge on!


Engage in introductions, team building activities, and a discussion on expectations and our academic year theme of “Climate Change: Impacts & Solutions in the Anacostia Watershed” – part II. We’ll also visit the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History to get a special tour of the Deep Time exhibit. Smithsonian staff will guide us through the exhibit, answering questions and highlighting what studying Earth history has taught us about global climate, biodiversity, and ecosystem change now and into the future.


Participate in the DC Environmental Film Festival’s Our Planet, Our Future: D.C. Youth Films about Climate Change. We’ll watch films created by students in DCPS schools who have participated in the 1-Minute Climate Change Filmmaking Project. These students aren’t waiting for the future to start actively raising awareness and inventing solutions to the world’s environmental challenges – climate change at the top of the list. After the films by elementary, middle, and high school students are screened, we’ll engage in a student and teacher panel for a discussion on the impact the project had on their views on climate change.


Focus on climate change + health connections. We’ll travel to a greenspace in the Anacostia Watershed to meet a UMD Professor/Mid-Atlantic Coordinator of Citizens’ Climate Education and a Children’s Yoga Teacher/Environmental Educator. We’ll engage in a student-driven climate + health activity, a storytelling yoga activity, and mindfulness hike.


Be a citizen scientist as we explore and record observations in a vernal pond in the Anacostia watershed. Learn how vernal ponds and the life within them are acutely impacted by climate change. We’ll wade into the pond and help SEA’s parent organization, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), conduct measurements and survey the salamanders, insects, fish, and other life present.


Hear about the DC Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) work locally on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Change Adaptation Plan. We’ll also learn about DDOT Green Infrastructure/LID sites that combat climate change and help to maintain one!


NO SEA Session
(Easter Weekend;Spring Break)


Take an overnight trip to an environmental education center in Maryland! We’ll help with a cleanup, take a farm tour and wagon ride, do a habitat hike and critter catch, and get a tour of their certified “Living Building” which demonstrates the most stringent set of green building and energy efficiency standards (a solution to climate change!). Of course, there’ll be a campfire and s’mores too!


Help celebrate and protect the Anacostia River and watershed by participating in the AWS Earth Day Cleanup! Climate change can have several negative impacts on the health of our rivers, like extreme rain events bringing more pollution into them. We’ll show off our good stewardship skills as we work to protect the Anacostia River and pick up trash at a site that borders the river (one of many sites of the cleanup).


Explore and work in THEARC Farm, a program of Building Bridges Across the River in Southeast DC. We’ll learn about how local gardens and farmer’s markets are part of the solution to climate change. We’ll also get our hands dirty working in the garden and harvesting fresh, healthy produce!
Families are welcome to join this culminating session!

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