The Arlington Community Foundation has recognized the Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) with a Community Impact Award, in recognition of the truly unique educational experience provided to thousands of Arlington students for almost 50 years. The award will be presented at a reception on November 10.
For the last few years, the Outdoor Lab Board has partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to sponsor trail crews at the Outdoor Lab. The Lab property benefits as the crews help rebuild our trails, bridges and natural infrastructure while the crews learn valuable environmental and leadership skills. Check out their report for the 2016 project below:
Come See Us!
- Friday, August 19: 4:00 -10:00 pm
- Saturday, August 20: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday, August 21: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Arlington Outdoor Lab has been designated a “Virginia Treasure” by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The announcement was made last week at the Annual Retreat of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA), owners of the environmental education facility in Broad Run, Virginia.
The Outdoor Lab property is part of the Broad Run/Little Georgetown Rural Historic District in Fauquier County which is now officially listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The Treasure Award was created to recognize outstanding conservation, cultural heritage and recreation projects in Virginia.
“We are delighted that the Outdoor Lab has received this important recognition as a Virginia Treasure,” AOEA President Mike Nardolilli said at the announcement. “The fact that this designation comes just as we have kicked off a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary is the icing on the cake,” he added. Last month, the Outdoor Lab held an event to start the year-long commemoration of the founding of the AOEA on July 6, 1967. At the Board Retreat, Nardolilli reported that the June 4th fundraiser netted $100,000 for the capital needs at the Outdoor Lab, almost double the goal of the all-volunteer organization.
The Arlington Outdoor Education Association is the 501c3 entity that owns and maintains the Arlington Outdoor Lab, a 225-acre facility in Broad Run, Virginia. Each year, 9000 Arlington County public school children are brought to the Outdoor Lab to learn about the environmental sciences and to have fun while doing so. For more information, visit https://outdoorlab.org/about.
Check out the latest Lab Notes newletter from the Outdoor Lab.
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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.
heck out the latest Lab Notes newsletter from the Outdoor Lab.
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.
AOEA President, Mike Nardolilli, was interviewed on “Meeting Our Needs,” a show that highlights people and organizations who meet the needs of the Arlington, VA community. View the video on YouTube.