Fall 2017 Open House - Spanish

Spring Open House Cancelled

Due to the rain for the past two weeks we will have to cancel the Spring Open House that was scheduled for Saturday May 14
Friends and families, come out to the Lab for our Fall 2016 Community Open House.
In addition to activities on the pond we’ll have fishing, a cookout, hiking and the animal lab.
Check back on our web site!
Fall 2017 Open House - Spanish

Dates for the 2016 Outdoor Lab Summer Camp

Plans are already underway for the 2016 season at the Outdoor Lab Summer Camp! The dates for the three camp sessions are:

  • Elementary School: Session A
    for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5
    June 27 to July 1
  • Middle School: Session B
    for students who just completed GR 6, GR 7, and GR 8
    July 11 to July 15
  • Elementary School: Session C
    for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5
    July 25 to July 29

How to Apply:

The application for the Outdoor Lab Summer Camp is the same form used to apply for any of the APS Summer School programs. There is a separate form for the Elementary and Secondary (Middle School) sessions. These may be found in the Summer School catalog (distributed at the Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conferences) or through the Summer School web page (starting in late February).

Applications will be accepted from March 4 to April 8, 2016. Applications may be returned to the Main Office of your child’s school, and they will be forwarded directly to the Science office. Tuition and financial assistance have not yet been determined.

NOTE: Applications are not accepted on a first come-first served basis. Once the registration window closes, if there are more applicants than available slots, a lottery will be held to determine enrollment

More information and forms are available on the Arlington County Public Schools web site.

Fall 2017 Open House - Spanish

9th Annual AOEO Fundraiser at Whitlow’s on Wilson

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 9th annual celebration to benefit the Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab at Whitlow’s on Wilson. Matt Bogoshan, a parent of a student at Randolph Elementary, provided live music entertainment and Jesse the Amazing, a talented magician, entertained the crowd with his tricks.


Matt Bogoshan, a Randolph parent, provided live music entertainment.
Jesse the Amazing wows the crowd.
Fall 2017 Open House - Spanish

Civil War History at The Lab

We had a special visitor, Dave Goetz, a Civil War historian at the Spring Open House.  He provided a description and history of some of the events that occurred on the Lab property during the Civil War. The most significant activity was in June 1863 when Confederate General JEB Stuart led 4,200 troops through Glasscock Gap, which is on the Lab property, en route to Gettysburg. Stuart ultimately ended up arriving on the second day of the battle, too late to change the Union victory.

Mr. Goetz is an expert on John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost, who had his base of operations in and around Fauquier County, Virginia. He explained that it is very likely that Mosby provided JEB Stuart with the intelligence to use the little know Glasscock Gap to get through the Bull Run Mountains.

Evidence of the Civil War activity has been seen through artifacts found on the Lab property including bullets, Union belt buckle, Confederate buttons and various other metal objects. Anthony recently used a metal detector to find a variety of objects in the Gap. Gary Knipling and Anthony led a hike around the Lab property identifying where the Glasscock Gap is and the likely route of the Civil War troops.

Dave Goetz owns and operates Mosby’s Confederacy Tours, and leads tours in “Mosby’s Confederacy,” including Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren, Clarke and Fairfax.

Dave Goetz describing Civil War activity on the Lab property