Happy Summer!

The AOEA and the Outdoor Lab staff encourage everyone to have a great summer and enjoy the Outdoors.

We’re working hard to get the Outdoor Lab ready for another school year.  We’re planning for Summer Camp and brainstorming new ways to get Arlington students and Families out to the ODL.

How can I Support the ODL?

APS Budget Process

Please continue to voice your support for hands-on, experiential learning for Arlington students.  APS is discussing budget for the next school year. We need your support to keep the Outdoor Lab funded.  APS provides teachers, buses and the educational program at the Outdoor Lab.

As APS adjusts to the “New Normal” of virtual learning, the Outdoor Lab Staff prepared virtual lessons for students and connected to classes virtually for synchronous instruction.  They continue to bring the joys and lessons of the Outdoor Lab to the students of Arlington in new and innovative ways.

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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