Wish You Were Here!

The Outdoor Lab is alive and well, but missing a key element… Students!

As APS adjusts to the “New Normal” of virtual learning, the Outdoor Lab Staff is preparing for a new way to bring the joys and lessons of the Outdoor Lab to the students of Arlington.

Please continue to voice your support for hands-on, experiential learning for Arlington students and check back for unique ways to support the Outdoor Lab.


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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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Help maintain this unique facility for generations to come!