Spring 2021 Semester Schedule

Theme: "Diving into Our Anacostia River, Watershed, and Community!" - part II

During this unusual and challenging academic year, we are striving to provide meaningful, outdoor programs for our students. We know that spending time outside, connecting with others, and participating in engaging activities are beneficial for overall well-being at any time, but may prove even more essential this year. This academic year, we are exploring issues and activities directly connected to the history, health, and unique aspects of our Anacostia River, watershed, and community. Get ready to dive in!


Participate in introductions, team building activities, and a discussion on expectations and our academic year theme.

Dig in to AWS’ Fairmount Heights Community Greening project, supported by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. We’ll get our hands dirty with native meadow and shrub plantings and maybe trail building! This special project will create a usable greenspace for the community and raise awareness of the existing bioretention areas (installed last year) to teach about stormwater management.


Enjoy and learn more about the Anacostia River by canoe! Paddling down the river is not only fun but helps facilitate seeing the river in a new way. We’ll experience…see, hear, smell…the river as its inhabitants do. Serving as good stewards of our river (see next week’s activity!) allows us to enjoy many recreational opportunities our river offers, like boating, birding, fishing, etc.!


Help celebrate and protect the Anacostia River, watershed, and community by participating in the AWS Earth Day Cleanup! We’ll show off our good stewardship skills as we work to protect the Anacostia River and pick up trash at one of many sites participating in the cleanup.


Serve as citizen scientists as we participate in the City Nature Challenge- DC. We’ll do an aquatic survey by the Anacostia River, where we’ll see, identify, and record (through iNaturalist) species of fish, mussels, and more!


Learn about AWS’ Shad Project, which helps restore the population of the American shad, a native fish, to the Anacostia River. We’ll learn about the shad life cycle and see and work with the equipment used to raise the shad fry (juvenile fish) from eggs. We may also get an opportunity to release shad eggs into the Anacostia River!


Saturday Environmental Academy Spring 2021 Program COVID Screening Questionnaires

AWS' COVID-19 Screening Questionnaires for SEA's Spring 2021 Saturday Sessions can be viewed below. If you are doing the questionnaires online, they must be completed before 5 p.m. the day before each respective Saturday session.

SEA Spring Session #1 - 4/10/21

SEA Spring Session #2 - 4/17/21

SEA Spring Session #3 - 4/24/21

SEA Spring Session #4 - 5/1/21

SEA Spring Session #5 - 5/8/21

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