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SCA trail crew 2016

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:

SCA Outdoor Lab Crew 2016 Final Report


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Outdoor Lab at the Arlington County Fair

Come See Us!

Arlington Outdoor Lab staff and AOEA Board members will be at the Arlington County Fair this year.
Drop by and pick up coloring/activity sheets  or leave us a note about your favorite memory of the Outdoor Lab.
T-shirts will be be available for $10 & $15 – enter our free raffle and win a t-shirt – one winner a day will be chosen.


  • 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


Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S. Second Street, Arlington Virginia
For more info, check out the Arlington County Fair Website.
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Outdoor Lab named “Virginia Treasure”

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.

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Spring Open House Cancelled

Due to the rain for the past two weeks we will have to cancel the Spring Open House that was scheduled for Saturday May 14
Friends and families, come out to the Lab for our Fall 2016 Community Open House.
In addition to activities on the pond we’ll have fishing, a cookout, hiking and the animal lab.
Check back on our web site!
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Dates for the 2016 Outdoor Lab Summer Camp

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.

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9th Annual AOEO Fundraiser at Whitlow’s on Wilson

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.


Matt Bogoshan, a Randolph parent, provided live music entertainment.
Jesse the Amazing wows the crowd.