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Open House, Saturday May 20th, 1-5pm

Arlington Families- Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Outdoor Lab at the semi-annual Outdoor Lab Open House, Saturday May 20th from 1-5pm.

Enjoy nature with your family as you hike the trails, try fishing in the pond, paddle a canoe, or visit with the animals in the Lab.  We’ll have a cookout with hot dogs and smores or you can bring a picnic to enjoy.  It’s fun for all ages and free for Arlington Families and friends.

While at the lab, talk to AOEA board members about the upcoming capital projects or how you could volunteer.  We’re looking for additional board members and have lots of great projects on our plate!

Consider carpooling with neighbors or friends to reduce your carbon footprint.  Directions can be found here and parking info will be posted closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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Summer Camp 2017

Science Enrichment Summer Camp

The Outdoor Lab offers three, week-long camp sessions that provide a number of nature-related activities and experiences to Arlington Public School students who may not otherwise have such opportunities.

Campers sleep outdoors in tents, and are provided three meals and snacks every day. Activities include nature hikes, survival skills, night walks, games, skits, arts and crafts, animal exploration, boating, fish, and much more.

Sessions for 2017

  • Session A- Elementary School  (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): June 26 to June 30
  • Session B- Middle School  (for students who just completed GR 6, GR 7, and GR 8): July 10 to July 14
  • Session C- Elementary School:  (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): July 24 to July 28
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AOEA Honored with Arlington Community Foundation’s Community Impact Award

The Arlington Community Foundation has recognized the Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) with a Community Impact Award, in recognition of the truly unique educational experience provided to thousands of Arlington students for almost 50 years. The award will be presented at a reception on November 10.

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Outdoor Lab at the Arlington County Fair

Come See Us!

Arlington Outdoor Lab staff and AOEA Board members will be at the Arlington County Fair this year.
Drop by and pick up coloring/activity sheets  or leave us a note about your favorite memory of the Outdoor Lab.
T-shirts will be be available for $10 & $15 – enter our free raffle and win a t-shirt – one winner a day will be chosen.

When:

  • Friday, August 19: 4:00 -10:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 20: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 21: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Where:

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S. Second Street, Arlington Virginia
For more info, check out the Arlington County Fair Website.
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Outdoor Lab named “Virginia Treasure”

The Arlington Outdoor Lab has been designated a “Virginia Treasure” by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The announcement was made last week at the Annual Retreat of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA), owners of the environmental education facility in Broad Run, Virginia.

The Outdoor Lab property is part of the Broad Run/Little Georgetown Rural Historic District in Fauquier County which is now officially listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The Treasure Award was created to recognize outstanding conservation, cultural heritage and recreation projects in Virginia.

“We are delighted that the Outdoor Lab has received this important recognition as a Virginia Treasure,” AOEA President Mike Nardolilli said at the announcement. “The fact that this designation comes just as we have kicked off a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary is the icing on the cake,” he added. Last month, the Outdoor Lab held an event to start the year-long commemoration of the founding of the AOEA on July 6, 1967. At the Board Retreat, Nardolilli reported that the June 4th fundraiser netted $100,000 for the capital needs at the Outdoor Lab, almost double the goal of the all-volunteer organization.

The Arlington Outdoor Education Association is the 501c3 entity that owns and maintains the Arlington Outdoor Lab, a 225-acre facility in Broad Run, Virginia. Each year, 9000 Arlington County public school children are brought to the Outdoor Lab to learn about the environmental sciences and to have fun while doing so. For more information, visit http://outdoorlab.org/about.