Giving Tuesday- Support the Outdoor Lab!

The Outdoor Lab has been providing Arlington students hands-on, experiential outdoor learning for over 50 years!  The Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) is run soley by volunteers and depends on donations from the community to maintain and operate the Outdoor Lab.

Help us grow the Outdoor Lab to keep pace with growth in Arlington Schools.

Check out our SUPPORT page for ways to give or Donate below.

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The Outdoor Lab Appreciates your Support!

The Arlington Outdoor Education Association, Inc (AOEA) was founded in 1967 to own, operate and maintain the Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Laboratory (The Outdoor Lab).  The AOEA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 54-0840089) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law

The Outdoor Lab is a 225-acre facility created to provide a place for environmental education of Arlington school children in support of the Science Program.  It includes hiking trails, streams, a lake, an observatory, camp sites and classroom and kitchen facilities.

AOEA is run soley by volunteers.  AOEA depends on donations from the community to maintain and operate the Outdoor Lab, while Arlington Public Schools provides teachers and staff who work at the Lab.

The Annual Report of AOEA, Inc. is available upon request from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.

The AOEA earned GuideStar‘s Bronze Seal of Transparency.


Holiday Fundraiser at Barnes&Noble

Book Fair Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Clarendon for Outdoor Lab Camp Supplies

Looking for meaningful, holiday gifts? Join us for a special Book Fair Fundraiser, December 1 & 2,
at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Clarendon or online, to help raise money for needed camp
supplies for the Outdoor Lab. Tents, rain ponchos, rubberized boots for the children, and
sleeping bags are among the needed items.

A percentage of the sales at the store and online, will be donated to the Arlington Outdoor
Education Association (AOEA), the non-profit that owns and operates the Outdoor Lab.

Gift wrapping will be available, too, at the store on both days. Look for us at the store on December
16 too, from 4:00 until 10:00, for gift wrapping service only.

The AOEA has been in partnership with Arlington Public Schools (APS), serving the children of
APS, for over 50 years.

Sharing this information with your family and friends would help us tremendously.

The in-store Bookfair dates:

  • Saturday, December 1st  10:00a-10:00p
  • Sunday, December 2 from 10:00a-9:00p

The on-line Bookfair dates:

  • Saturday, December 1 – Thursday, December 6.
  • Go to and use Bookfair ID #12465506 at checkout to link your purchase to our fundraiser

If you would rather send the AOEA a donation to help support this fundraiser go to our SUPPORT page.

Thank you for your continued support. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Schools Support the Outdoor Lab


An important part of AOEA contributions come from schools and individual donations.  Donations can be made through “1st day packets” and online.  We also get “special” contributions – last year the Jamestown 5th grade class gave the Outdoor Lab support that was used to purchase new tents and life preservers.  For the past two years Tuckahoe elementary school has held a basketball fundraiser – this year it was against Glebe school – the Outdoor Lab was the biggest winner receiving over $3,900!   Big or small,  all donations are appreciated and show how passionate our supporters are!

School, Parent, Alumni related donations for 2017

You too can Support the Outdoor Lab.  Whether through a personal donation or through another group.  Check out our Support Page for more info.

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.