New OutdoorLab Podcast Launches

New Outdoor Lab podcast series: The Biscuit Mountain Breakdown

Welcome to the Biscuit Mountain Breakdown, the podcast where nature and education connect. Join us for discussions with researchers and experts and expand your understanding of outdoor education, nature, and science.

Check out the latest podcast  here

Or search your favorite podcast player for “Biscuit Mountain Breakdown.”  Here is a link to Spotify.

AOEA Board- resolves to support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At its December meeting, the Board of Directors of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association reflected on the issues that were spotlighted in our country during 2020.

The AOEA Board resolved that:  “The Arlington Outdoor Education Association is committed to building sustainable, inclusive, equitable, and resilient communities.”

The AOEA also committed also undertake Diversity and Equity training for all Board members.

The AOEA will continue to work with our partner, Arlington Public Schools, to ensure all programs, policies and endeavors reflect our common goals to improve diversity, equity and inclusion.

Barnes&Noble Fundraiser Dec 5-9th

The Outdoor Lab – Barnes & Noble online BookFair

Looking for meaningful holiday gifts? Shop online at Barnes & Noble and support the Outdoor Lab. Our Online Bookfair runs Dec 5th – 9th.

To help the Outdoor Lab, shop at BN.COM/bookfairs. Shop Barnes & Noble online for books, toys, and Holiday gifts. When you’re ready to checkout use Bookfair ID #12603981 and support the Outdoor Lab.

The on-line Bookfair details:

  • Saturday, December 5 – Wednesday, December 9.
  • Go to bn.com/bookfairs and use Bookfair ID #12603981 at checkout to link your purchase to our fundraiser

Share with your family and friends. Thank you for your continued support. Happy Holidays to you and your family.- 

Chipotle Fundraiser- Sat Nov 21 5-9p- Lee Heights

Save the Date for our Chipotle Fundraiser- Saturday Nov 21st from 5-9pm at the Lee Heights Chipotle!

The Outdoor Lab will receive part of the sales at the Chipotle in Lee Heights Shops (4520 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207)

Please share with your friends and family to help support the Outdoor Lab!  You can make it safer by ordering online for pickup.  Details and flyers below…

There are 4 ways to guarantee your purchase supports the Outdoor Lab:

  • Show the cashier a digital flyer prior to paying
  • Show the cashier a paper flyer prior to paying
  • Flying flyer-free? Just mention the fundraiser to the cashier prior to paying
  • Order online and pickup Chipotle by using the Promo Code 7TRDYRN on the Chipotle app or website.
  • Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup on Saturday Nov 21st from 5p-9p at the Lee Heights Chipotle location.
  • Ordering delivery for fundraisers is not permitted at this time. 

A few more notes:

  • Don’t order delivery or through a separate app – online orders will only count for pickup through the official Chipotle App or on our website.
  • Don’t place orders for your fundraiser on days other than your fundraiser date and time. Orders placed outside of your fundraiser date, time, or assigned restaurant WILL NOT be counted.
  • Don’t hand out flyers to our regular customers in or around the restaurant – that’s cheating! (Which may also lead to your fundraiser being cancelled)
  • Don’t alter your flyer in any way
  • Don’t be shy! Make sure you tell our cashier that you’re attending the fundraiser before you pay
  • Don’t purchase a gift card – gift card purchases during fundraisers do NOT count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.

Welcome to New School Year!

The 2020-2021 school year has begun! It’s a “new normal” for the Outdoor Lab and Students of APS.

The Outdoor Lab staff are at the Lab getting ready for virtual learning.

They’re excited to help all students enjoy the Outdoor Lab in a whole new way!

May 16th- AOEA Annual Meeting

Since we had to cancel our Spring Open House, when we normally have the AOEA annual meeting, we will now meet virtually on Saturday May 16th at 12 noon. 

If you are interested in participating, send an email to Arlingtonoutdoorlab@gmail.com and details will be provided. 

The primary agenda item will be the AOEA board elections – but we will also provide information about the “State of the Lab”.  Hope you can join us – stay safe and “keep the fires burning”.

Cancelled- Summer Camp 2020

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Outdoor Lab Summer Camp has been cancelled. Check APS website for more info.

The Outdoor Lab offers three, week-long camp sessions that provide a number of nature-related activities and experiences to Arlington Public School students.

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 2020

  • Session A- Elementary School  (for students who just completed GR 4 or GR 5): June 22 to June 26
  • Session B- Middle School  (for students who just completed GR 6, GR 7, GR 8):  July  6  to July 10
  • Session C- Elementary School:  (for students who just completed GR 4 or GR 5): July 20 to July 24

Applications

APS students can apply for Outdoor Lab Summer Camp through the APS Summer School Program:

  • The APS Summer School Catalog, application forms, fees and deadlines can be found on the APS Summer School Resources page.
  • Applications are accepted from March 5 to April 3, 2020.
  • There is a separate form for the Elementary and Secondary (Middle School) sessions.
  • 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 Info

More information about summer camp, including paperwork and a suggested packing list can be found at www.apsva.us/science/outdoor-lab/

Questions about camp registration should be directed to the Arlington Public Schools Science Office at (703) 228-6166 or chris.reid@apsva.us

Questions about camp activities or meals should be directed to Joanne Godwin at joanne.godwin@apsva.us

APS Summer Camp 2020 Brochure

Cancelled- Spring Open House

Due to COVID-19 this event has been cancelled. Check back in Fall for the next Open House events.

The Outdoor Lab Open House is scheduled for Saturday May 16th 12-4pm.

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.

In case of inclement weather, check back here for cancellations or updates.  An Open House Rain Date has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 30th 12-4pm.

We look forward to seeing you!