“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 provides adventure education opportunities through hands-on experiential programming and sport skill building with an environmental focus.  

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Beach Cleanup Salem Sound Spring 2015


Our Vision

Beginning with personal health and the mindset that taking care of oneself extends directly to the environment, Seaside Sustainability programs encourage participants to nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes.  Our model is structured on the premise that environmental challenges are rooted in the misaligned priorities of modern society, and that these environmental problems are an effect of a much larger issue.  We address this by introducing youth not just to the problems that are developing out of environmental degradation, but the resources to develop skills, innovate solutions, and to serve as role models in their communities.

 
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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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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.

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