Donate or Become a Friend

The Outdoor Lab is supported by a non-profit that needs your help.  Please become a FRIEND or make a  DONATION today!  We’d love to talk with PTAs and community groups in Arlington about partnering with the Outdoor Lab.

Sad Loss for the Outdoor Lab

The Outdoor Lab lost a major supporter and friend with the passing of Preston Caruthers. Preston supported the founding of the ODL with Phoebe Hall Knipling and continued support throughout its 50 years. He was truly part of the Outdoor Lab family and his loss is felt throughout Arlington.

“Mr. Arlington” Preston Caruthers has died

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What is the Outdoor Lab?

The Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab is a 225-acre facility that provides science and outdoor education to the students of Arlington County Public Schools. In this natural classroom, urban youth — often for the first time — can run in a meadow, climb a mountain, hike beside a stream, or fish in a pond.  Up to six classes per week visit the Outdoor Lab, some overnight, and there are three week-long summer camps.

Each year, the Outdoor Lab provides hands-on outdoor and environmental education to more than 10,000 students, from elementary grades through high school.

The non-profit Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) owns the land and buildings and partners with Arlington Public Schools who provides the teachers, buses and science programming at the Outdoor Lab.

Here’s a video for the Outdoor Lab’s 50th anniversary produced by APS’s AETV Green Scenes.

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