The Arlington Outdoor Education Association is a public non-profit corporation who owns and manages the land and facilities of the Outdoor Lab.
Capital Planning for the next 50 years
The AOEA Board and Lab Staff have begun planning for capital improvements to keep the Outdoor Lab at the forefront of outdoor education for the next 50 years. Committees are assessing current needs, facility limitations, land use options.
During inclement weather, students can be moved to the upstairs of the lab for sleeping.
The Lab includes:
- professional kitchen and eating area
- staff offices, first aid, meeting and storage areas
- observation deck
The Cottage has reached the end of its lifecycle and a replacement facility is being studied.
Tents & Platforms
For overnights, students are shown how to use teamwork to erect their tents, install the provided sleeping pads and keep their tents clean. Tent Platforms are arranged in two groups along a stream, with plenty of space for Adult Chaperones to have their own tents among the students. Students also pack their tents the next morning .
(Parents- after the Overnight, ask your students about the “Burrito”)
Bathroom & Showers
The Outdoor Lab has sufficient student bathroom facilities at the center of all buildings. Showers are available for Summer Camps (not Overnights)
Tiny Houses (Staff Housing)
With over Forty overnights each year, the Tiny Houses help Lab Staff continue to deliver their incredible programs.
Stream Science Station
Field Ecology Station
The Outdoor Lab property includes the historic Glasscock Gap through the mountains. Civil War general JEB Stuart used the Gap during the civil war.