St. Lucia We Love

The title of the catchy calypso song from a few years ago, St Lucia, We Love, really captured the essence of this trip to our Caribbean home base.  While the traffic was horrendous, the place and people were simply wonderful.  I learned about regattas by being a helper for the Yacht Club’s Mango Bowl Regatta, thanks to Lily!  Two experiences made the trip exceptional. One was all about our young people who have grown up into smart, caring young adults who are doing great things in their communities.  It made my year to talk  to and watch Neige, Kimberly, Keiwa, Kievan, and Pernill in action making their country a better place! The other is working with the

kids of today who are participating in community or school environmental clubs  and who have such great enthusiasm and joy in being together under the watchful eyes of a caring teacher like Valerie or our fabulous colleagues in the Peace Corps, Sean and Sarah, or our very own Nadia! Our reusable grocery bags were a big hit!  The Marigot kids earned money for their projects by selling them all so very fast!  Now we are working with a small grocer to also sell them for us. The grocery stores in St. Lucia no longer give out plastic bags, so this is great timing!

If we all just loved St. Lucia (or our own country) just a little bit more, then maybe our waters would be clean again and the plastic bags and straws and bottles wouldn’t be covering our ocean gyres.  Love St. Lucia!

Silent Disco

MerrellREI and The Gear Closet are all coming together to throw the SILENT DISCO PARTY OF THE YEAR and we want YOU to come!

The best part is that this FUN-raiser helps support the restoration projects and education programs of the Caribbean/Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance. You get to dance your butt off, drink some good beer, and support a good cause, all at once! What more could someone want?

Funky light up headphones, a live DJ, food, drinks, and great craft beers from Brew Market & Beer Garden will all be available at this event.

Purchasing a ticket means your first beer is FREE!

The event will be held in the lot between The Gear Closet and the Brew Market & Beer Garden off of Riverside Drive.

This is an 21+ event, so make sure to bring your ID with you.

Questions can be relayed to @thegearcloset on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Sponsored by REI Chattanooga and Merrell

Giving Tuesday Caribbean-SEA

Giving Tuesday 2018

Giving Tuesday is more than just a day for fundraising. It’s a day for you to get to express what you value most through your support of an organization.

Here at the Caribbean/Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance, we would love your support to be able to keep doing what we love, and what ultimately matters. As a grassroots non-profit, it’s our job to work in local communities, educating the future generations and be the boots on the ground protecting, restoring and sustaining your local water quality.

Join us for #GivingTuesday, and help us continue our efforts, grow as an organization, and impact the world.

Ways To Give to Caribbean-SEA




Homeschool Stream Team

On Monday, homeschooler Cash, his little brother Colt, his mom, and TenneSEA staff Sara finally found a day without rain to venture out to Audubon Acres and make some observations of North Chickamauga Creek. As we were walking to the creek access, we quickly realized we were not the only ones in the woods. Read more

Fall 2018 Stream Teams

We have five Stream Teams already registered with us this fall, and we have even more groups around Chattanooga interested in signing up!

So far, we have Red Bank Elementary School Stream Team looking into quarantining a section of Mountain Creek off from the Forest Kindergartners at their school. They want to measure the water quality of the creek before and after to determine the impact of the Forest Kindergartners. The Red Bank High School Stream Team is working to determine places they can do small-scale stabilization projects to minimize erosion of Mountain Creek’s streambanks.

The middle and high school Stream Teams at Ivy Academy have been collecting baseline data of the North Chickamauga Creek that runs directly beside their school. They are currently making observations of their creek and brainstorming which project they want to take on to improve their watershed. Read more

Gardening for Wildlife means protecting the creek!

May is garden for wildlife month…..and that fits perfectly with our initiatives in Mountain Creek Watershed!  We are partnering with the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership (https://chapollinator.org )and Red Bank Elementary with a nice grant from Tennessee American Water Company to create a pollinator flyway down the Mountain Creek valley to the Tennessee River.  Read more

Fall Newsletter for 2017

Read about all the things that Caribbean SEA has been up to in 2017! Read more

CaribbeanSEA October 2017 Newsletter

What has Caribbean SEA been up to lately? Click to read all about it! Read more

Visit the Gear Closet for Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, November 25th!  Since the Gear Closet provides funds for our clean water projects, it’s a great way to save money and help support kids and communities working to protect our water!  We appreciate you!! Read more

Dominica after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Relief for Dominica

Our co-workers and associates in Dominica were devastated by Hurricane Maria September 20.

Hurricane Maria intensified to a vicious Category 5 storm just as it slammed in the picturesque island of Dominica.

The lush green landscape is now brown. The rainforest trees and all trees are now stripped bare. Landslides and flooding have collapsed roads and villages. Read more