“This was 'the best camp ever' - the kids loved it and I felt super safe dropping them off at the boat! Next year can we do a bit longer?”  ~Mary Hart

 
“Great program, great team. Happy to work with them at Manchester Parks & Recreation. Keep making amazing summer memories for our children!”  
— Heather DePriest 
 

“These guys are great!   My daughter and her friends did the ski program this year and loved it!  I wish we had programs like this.”  

~David Marletta

“Seaside Sustainability runs amazing programs. All the hard work this organization puts into making the programs the best they can be for the participants has definitely paid off. This year’s Ski and Board Bradford program was so much fun for all its participants. Can't wait to see what some of the other programs have in store!!”  ~Cori Krajewski

 

“As a longtime partner of the folks at Seaside Sustainability, I can safely say that they are some of the most thoughtful, passionate and fun educators out there! If you want your children to have a blast on the water this summer, check these guys out!”  
— Jack Nessen

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“The seaside sustainability day camp was the perfect fit for my kid. He came home super excited about his adventures and excited about sharing what he saw and learned at the dinner table....He absolutely loves Eric."   ~Parent of a SEA Participant

 
“I’ve seen how hard the team at Seaside Sustainability works to program educational and fun activities for local kids, like the SEA Program. The kids who participated in SEA were always so excited to talk about what they did when they got off the boat, and it was great to see them learning about the environment that they live in while also using what they had learned outside of the program.”
— ~Jackie Rose
“[I loved] being with friends in a small group - everyone was nice.”   ~ 8 year old participant

“I've referred students to Seaside because of the experiential learning and skill development that takes place. Participants gain a broader understanding of the most pressing environmental issues while having fun and collaborating with peers on a common goal.”

~Beverly Low

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The spark for learning that he feels might be the best take away from this experience, but what was unexpected is what seems to be a new self-confidence. The collaborative nature of the projects along with shared mission to make a difference has upped [my son's] social skills and developed a sense of purpose that I think will help him through his schooling. ”   ~ A Satisfied Parent 

 

“I learned more about the ocean and how much fun it is to be doing things on it like lobstering and hunting for crabs.”

~11 year old participant


“Seaside Sustainability is the perfect place for your child to connect with the community and the natural environment in meaningful ways. Eric Magers is an expert at developing intentional programming that is engaging, focused on learning, and most importantly fun. Each invaluable experience is one that you will not want your child to miss!”  

~ Renee Rutter


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"The educators at Seaside Sustainability work wonders! They can turn a tide-pool into an interactive classroom or a tent site into a 5-star hotel. If you want to have really fun, educating experiences in nature, these are the folks to talk to!"  ~ Sheila Parisian

“It was Will's favorite camp of the summer!”

~ A Happy Mom
 

 

our mission

Seaside Sustainability develops community-based sustainability initiatives and provides hands-on, adventure learning opportunities through environmental education.

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Beach Cleanup Salem Sound Spring 2015


Our Vision

Seaside Sustainability programs and initiatives encourage members of the community young and old to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. We believe that environmental challenges are rooted in a neglect to instill ethical and social responsibility into our existence. We address these issues by illuminating the heavy costs of environmental degradation, as well as the resources to develop skills, solutions, and community involvement to counterbalance that impact.

 
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Environmental literacy is about practices, activities, and feelings grounded in familiarity and sound knowledge. Just as reading becomes second nature to those who are literate, interpreting and acting for the environment ideally would become second nature to the environmentally literate citizen.”
— David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College
 


 

Our Team

Seaside Sustainability is composed of a small, dedicated, and streamlined staff with over 85 years of combined experience in the fields of Biology, Science, Backcountry Medicine, Training and Development, Business Entrepreneurship, and Experiential Education.  Unified by our shared passions for engagement with the natural world, we inspire participants to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and draw their own conclusions.    As emphasized by the Association of Experiential Learning, Seaside Sustainability programs provide the opportunity to develop one's learning potential beyond mere concepts and procedures; this hands-on approach challenges actively-engaged learners to take initiative, make connections, practice authentic reflection and to construct meaning from novel experiences.   Applying critical thinking and communication skills in a collaborative setting, our investigation-based programs will engage participants and provide them with essential skills that will empower them for the rest of their lives.

 
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Eric Magers

Executive Director and program coordinator
 

Eric has been with Seaside Sustainability since its founding in 2013, and has since transformed the concept into a full-fledged charitable organization.   He is a long-time teacher and brings over 25 years of experience in environmental and experiential education.  His work in the environmental education field has identified him as a national leader, garnering dozens of local, state, and national awards.  His collaboration with innumerable communities and like-minded organizations has earned him quite a following.  As such, in addition to program development and management, his focus in the organization is on outreach, partnerships, and networking.    

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Emily Arthur

director of Development and Business operations

Emily started working for Seaside Sustainability in 2014 as a part-time project advisor, and then moved into the role of Grant Administrator.  Her roles in the organization now also include program development, educational research, marketing, funding, and overall operations and administration.  Raised in Boulder, CO, Emily has always been passionate about ecology and environmental literacy, and received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Environmental & Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming.   She currently attends Salem State University and is near completion of her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Mathematics.  

“I certainly never feel discouraged. I can’t myself raise the winds that might blow us or this ship into a better world. But I can at least put up the sail so that when the wind comes, I can catch it.”
― Ernst F. Schumacher

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Having always worked in education in some capacity, Dee Dee brings perspective and inspiration to the team.  She is able to think out of the box and challenges the organization to aspire for new opportunities while also making sure we have our bases covered by developing and managing standards of performance and evaluation.

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board of directors

With a history of environmental passion and a career in business sales, Larry helps to balance the scale between dreams and reality.  Larry's skills steer the organization to make a difference in the community by pursuing a sustainable business model that guides recording and reporting so that we may aptly pursue our goals as a not for profit organization.  

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David Stearns

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Business & General Strategy

The genius behind the scenes, David specializes in development, planning and anticipation of future organization needs and goals.  He is the momentum behind our growth and provides technical and tactical support to  keep the organization on track and always moving forward.

There is no greater concern for mankind than developing and maintaining standards and efforts to manage our environment to mitigate or reverse the effects of global climate change.”
— Larry Pihl, Board of Directors, Seaside Sustainability, Inc.

Internship Program

Mark Specia Ringwood, NJ Endicott College, Business Management Major Although I am a Business Major, I have always had a strong passion for the environment, which I attribute to growing up in a lakefront community and spending much of my free time enjoying the great outdoors.  Recently, I have begun combining my knowledge of business, with my passion for the environment to attempt to spread the awareness and effectiveness of sustainable business practices.  Seaside Sustainability was the perfect site for my internship because it provided me the opportunity to gain experience in my desired field, while also giving back to the community.

Mark Specia
Ringwood, NJ

Endicott College, Business Management Major

Although I am a Business Major, I have always had a strong passion for the environment, which I attribute to growing up in a lakefront community and spending much of my free time enjoying the great outdoors.  Recently, I have begun combining my knowledge of business, with my passion for the environment to attempt to spread the awareness and effectiveness of sustainable business practices.  Seaside Sustainability was the perfect site for my internship because it provided me the opportunity to gain experience in my desired field, while also giving back to the community.

John Dello Russo Revere, MA Bates College, Biology Major The mission to improve the  societal perceptions surrounding sustainability is one of the noblest undertakings one can take on. As a biology major whose focus is on positively impacting environmentalism from the bottom up, this is something I am deeply invested in. Not only will I get invaluable hands on experience working with Seaside, but I will also gain the insight necessary for executing effective community based projects. Therefore, it was an easy choice to want to become involved with Seaside, as they are committed, energetic, and up for the task.   

John Dello Russo
Revere, MA

Bates College, Biology Major

The mission to improve the  societal perceptions surrounding sustainability is one of the noblest undertakings one can take on. As a biology major whose focus is on positively impacting environmentalism from the bottom up, this is something I am deeply invested in. Not only will I get invaluable hands on experience working with Seaside, but I will also gain the insight necessary for executing effective community based projects. Therefore, it was an easy choice to want to become involved with Seaside, as they are committed, energetic, and up for the task. 
 

Molly Jones West Newbury, MA Stonehill College, Business Management Major As a Management major and Environmental Studies minor, I am very interested in the role businesses play in furthering ecological efforts. I have always had a love for nature and a desire to protect it, which I had the opportunity to explore while working as a lake host in New Hampshire. I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, whether on the ocean or by the lake, and I hope to participate in preserving these beautiful places and the creatures that inhabit them. Seaside Sustainability’s uniquely multifaceted approach to battling climate change through encouraging environmental stewardship caught my attention, and I feel so lucky and excited about the chance to contribute to this important mission.

Molly Jones
West Newbury, MA

Stonehill College, Business Management Major

As a Management major and Environmental Studies minor, I am very interested in the role businesses play in furthering ecological efforts. I have always had a love for nature and a desire to protect it, which I had the opportunity to explore while working as a lake host in New Hampshire. I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, whether on the ocean or by the lake, and I hope to participate in preserving these beautiful places and the creatures that inhabit them. Seaside Sustainability’s uniquely multifaceted approach to battling climate change through encouraging environmental stewardship caught my attention, and I feel so lucky and excited about the chance to contribute to this important mission.

EJ Kelley Melrose, MA Davidson College, Economics Major I am a rising college sophomore interested in business, writing, and marketing. I was previously a community engagement intern at the Boston 2024 Partnership and have also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past five years. I was attracted to Seaside because of its unique mission and purpose and the prospect of working for a small, young firm dedicated to systemic change surrounding environmental issues. I see a great opportunity in being able to work with a group dedicated to vital sustainability dialogues that affect the futures of our communities and are becoming increasingly pertinent on a national level.  

EJ Kelley
Melrose, MA

Davidson College, Economics Major

I am a rising college sophomore interested in business, writing, and marketing. I was previously a community engagement intern at the Boston 2024 Partnership and have also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past five years. I was attracted to Seaside because of its unique mission and purpose and the prospect of working for a small, young firm dedicated to systemic change surrounding environmental issues. I see a great opportunity in being able to work with a group dedicated to vital sustainability dialogues that affect the futures of our communities and are becoming increasingly pertinent on a national level.
 

Lucy Robson Stuart, Florida Cal Poly, Business Major I am studying Business with a concentration in Marketing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and am due to graduate this year! I am excited to leave the business school to enter the business world. I chose to work for Seaside because of the opportunity to further develop my marketing and research skills while also working for a company that is doing good for the community.   

Lucy Robson
Stuart, Florida

Cal Poly, Business Major

I am studying Business with a concentration in Marketing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and am due to graduate this year! I am excited to leave the business school to enter the business world. I chose to work for Seaside because of the opportunity to further develop my marketing and research skills while also working for a company that is doing good for the community. 
 

Maya Heath Manchester, MA Boston University, College of Communication, Advertising Major As an Advertising major, I am highly interested in marketing. In the College of Communication, I have studied the various methods of advertising/marketing, including promotion through social media. I wanted to apply this knowledge by completing an internship in this field; for this reason, I chose to work for Seaside Sustainability as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

Maya Heath
Manchester, MA

Boston University, College of Communication, Advertising Major

As an Advertising major, I am highly interested in marketing. In the College of Communication, I have studied the various methods of advertising/marketing, including promotion through social media. I wanted to apply this knowledge by completing an internship in this field; for this reason, I chose to work for Seaside Sustainability as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

Ariel Keklak Sudbury, MA Wake Forest University I am currently undecided on a major but I am interested in studying Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences.  I have always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and I am finding that I am also interested in learning about current environmental issues and what can be done to solve many of them.  I wanted to intern for Seaside Sustainability because it provided an opportunity to not only help local communities, but gain valuable knowledge and skills that I can use in the future if I choose to pursue an environmental-focused path.  

Ariel Keklak
Sudbury, MA

Wake Forest University

I am currently undecided on a major but I am interested in studying Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences.  I have always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and I am finding that I am also interested in learning about current environmental issues and what can be done to solve many of them.  I wanted to intern for Seaside Sustainability because it provided an opportunity to not only help local communities, but gain valuable knowledge and skills that I can use in the future if I choose to pursue an environmental-focused path.
 

Chilly Sample Concord, MA Endicott College, Hospitality Major I am a Hospitality Major at Endicott College which complements my studies working part-time at Seaside Sustainability.  In addition I am a certified Underwater Whale Tour Guide, having worked for 6 months after high school at a Tongan resort renowned for its migratory Humpback whale population. I enjoy numerous eclectic activities ranging from spearfishing to snow skiing.   

Chilly Sample
Concord, MA

Endicott College, Hospitality Major

I am a Hospitality Major at Endicott College which complements my studies working part-time at Seaside Sustainability.  In addition I am a certified Underwater Whale Tour Guide, having worked for 6 months after high school at a Tongan resort renowned for its migratory Humpback whale population. I enjoy numerous eclectic activities ranging from spearfishing to snow skiing. 
 

Caleb Lacson Parish, NY Gordon College, Business Administration Major I am interested in pursuing a career in which my personal passions intersect with my professional expertise. As a Business major, I found that working at Seaside Sustainability provides me with a platform in which I can gain experience with multiple components of a business. In addition to my college education, I have a strong passion for people, learning, and the environment. As a small non-profit focused on environmental education, Seaside Sustainability offers the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience relevant to my interests.

Caleb Lacson
Parish, NY

Gordon College, Business Administration Major

I am interested in pursuing a career in which my personal passions intersect with my professional expertise. As a Business major, I found that working at Seaside Sustainability provides me with a platform in which I can gain experience with multiple components of a business. In addition to my college education, I have a strong passion for people, learning, and the environment. As a small non-profit focused on environmental education, Seaside Sustainability offers the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience relevant to my interests.

Julia Frisch Newburyport, MA University of Virginia, Business Major I am a rising sophomore planning to study Business with a concentration in Marketing at UVA. I was drawn to Seaside Sustainability for its dedication to sustainability and environmental issues,  a pressing cause that I feel strongly about. I am excited about the opportunity to gain experience in the marketing field while supporting sustainability throughout local communities, and making a positive impact on my community.  

Julia Frisch
Newburyport, MA

University of Virginia, Business Major

I am a rising sophomore planning to study Business with a concentration in Marketing at UVA. I was drawn to Seaside Sustainability for its dedication to sustainability and environmental issues,  a pressing cause that I feel strongly about. I am excited about the opportunity to gain experience in the marketing field while supporting sustainability throughout local communities, and making a positive impact on my community.
 

Internship Reflections

 
Mark Specia & Emily Arthur at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall to accept $2000 grant from Essex Heritage Partnership Grant on behalf of Seaside Sustainability in May 2017

Mark Specia & Emily Arthur at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall to accept $2000 grant from Essex Heritage Partnership Grant on behalf of Seaside Sustainability in May 2017

When I started my internship here with Seaside Sustainability, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. As a business management major, I have had previous internships where I was given simple, mind-numbing tasks that were either uninteresting or unimportant. When I decided I wanted to broaden my career-spectrum and involve myself with Sustainable Business, Seaside turned out to be the perfect site to intern for the summer before my junior year of college. The work I’ve done here in my short time with Seaside Sustainability is so rewarding because it provides a sense of accomplishment, when you realize that the work you are doing is positively affecting your community and the world we live in. Many thanks to Eric Magers and Emily Arthur for allowing me to help out with this great cause.”
— Mark Specia

The greatest impact that Seaside Sustainability, Inc. can make as an organization is to expand our base of community interest, contribution and partnerships.  Whether you'd like to learn more, make a donation, get connected, or put your skills to work and
join us in our cause, this is the place to do it.  

The portals below will connect you to take the first steps to make a difference in your own life as well as your community.


Donate

We couldn't be where we are today without generous contributions from people like yourself.  As a not-for-profit organization, our participation fees are structured solely to cover the costs of running individual programs.  Organization development and growth are funded entirely by grants and donations.  If you believe in our mission, and are interested in making a financial contribution to further the opportunities of Seaside Sustainability, Inc., please take a moment to make a donation by following the portal below.  

Seaside Sustainability, Inc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Share your thoughts

We want to hear from you! Have ideas for us?  A proposal for a program?  Do you have a skill or connection that could expand our reach or impact?  Is there a gap you see that could be filled?  Equipment donations are always appreciated, as these make it possible for us to provide a wider array of opportunities to more people for lower participation costs.  Maybe you have constructive feedback that could improve our concept, procedures or reach?  Do you have experience in environmental field work or research?  Or perhaps as an educator?  We are always looking to make connections with local professionals, community organizations, or committed individuals who are seeking to make a difference in our local communities!  Fill out a quick form about who you are and what's on your mind, or send us an email directly; either way, we thank you for your time and interest and will be in touch!

 
Make a Donation

Community Partnerships


Combining the expertise of Seaside Sustainability's diverse partner organizations, we are truly a community organization, and couldn't possibly be where we are today without these collaborations.  

Our supporters are essential to the growth and expansion of Seaside Sustainability.  These partners have been invaluable in getting the Seaside concept off the ground by providing outreach, and a wide variety of beneficial opportunities for educational exploration, including developing initiatives, contributing expert knowledge, and spreading local awareness about issues addressed through Seaside Sustainability programs. Thus far, we have come to flourish through the support and partnership of many entities, and as Seaside Sustainability  continues to grow and expand in scope, we maintain an open door to future partnerships and opportunities.  

Become a Partner

Collaborations with partner organizations have been instrumental in bringing the Seaside concept to life.  We would love to hear from you about your organization and how a relationship with Seaside Sustainability could be mutually beneficial for us both!!  Take a moment to reach out to us, and we will be in touch with you. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you!  Email: info@seasidesustainability.org
 

Get in Touch with Seaside Sustainability

 

We are here for you.  Regardless of your inquiry, email is the best form of communication to be in touch with us.  

General Questions:

For general program inquiries, registration or payment questions, or technical support, please reach out to us via:
info@seasidesustainability.org

Get Involved

Interested in getting more involved with Seaside Sustainability?  We want to hear from you!  Introduce yourself, let us know what caught your interest, how you'd like to be involved, and what, if anything we can do for you.  Reach out to Eric Magers, Executive Director: magerse@seasidesustainability.org