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Spring Open House- Saturday May 4th 12-4pm

We’re monitoring Rain and Thunderstorms for the Open House. Please check back here for latest updates. We are a go for Open house as of 10am Friday May 3rd.

The Outdoor Lab Open House is scheduled for Saturday May 4th 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 18th 12-4pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

President’s Note- Budget Emergency

LAST YEAR OF THE OUTDOOR LAB PROGRAM?

The future of the Arlington Outdoor Lab is at stake – we need your help now to convince the School Board to restore funding for the Lab in the 2019-20 APS budget.

The Superintendent’s proposed budget eliminates all funding for the Outdoor Lab. That’s right – it cuts every teacher, every bus, and every school trip to the Lab. Unless the School Board votes to restore the funding, Arlington students will no longer experience unique STEM and outdoor education at the Lab.

Time is Short

We don’t have much time to convince School Board members to restore this devastating elimination of the OL program. The School Board meets on April 9 to make revisions to the Superintendent’s proposal. Board members need to hear from you about the importance of funding the Lab before then.

It’s a tough budget year and the Superintendent has proposed almost $9 million in cuts. The School Board is already hearing from many others urging them to fund important programs identified for budget cuts.

The Outdoor Lab Needs Your Help!

Supporters of the Lab – parents, students, summer campers, and teachers – we need your help to make our voices heard. If Board members hear from us about the value of the Lab, then we’ll be in a much stronger position to convince them to restore essential funding.

You know the Outdoor Lab is a special place for seeing science come to life, taking a hike in the woods, and sleeping in a tent under the stars. The Lab is a unique resource for students in Arlington Public Schools. We need your voice to help ensure the Lab continues to serve thousands of Arlington students next school year.

Act Now!

Please take a minute to tell members of the School Board how important it is to fully fund the Outdoor Lab in the 2019-20 APS budget. Feel free to use the sample comment here – and personalize it based on your family’s experience at the Lab.

It’s critically important to contact School Board members before April 9 when they will vote on changes to the Superintendent’s proposed budget.

Todd Parker, President AOEA

ACT NOW to SAVE the Outdoor Lab

UPDATE- The School Board included support for the Outdoor Lab in their budget!
However, the County Board must fully fund APS to keep the Outdoor Lab.
Let the County Board know you support full funding for Arlington Schools.
The APS Budget will be set by April 23rd!
What can I do?

Sign Our Petition

Sign our petition on change.org


Contact the County Board

Let them know you support the Outdoor Lab and full funding of Arlington’s schools and programs including the Outdoor Lab.

Email- CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us


Contact the School Board

Tell the School Board you support the Outdoor Lab and its hand-on, experiential, STEM learning!

Email – school.board@apsva.us and individual Board emails (below)

Phone- Call 703-228-6015, leave a voice mail for Board and individual Board members

Meet- with a Board member on School Board Open Office Hours at Syphax Education Center

April 225 – 7 PMBarbara Kanninenbarbara.kanninen@apsva.us
April 295 – 7 PMNancy Van Dorennancy.vandoren@apsva.us
May 65:30 – 7:30 PMReid Goldsteinreid.goldstein@apsva.us
May 135 – 7 PMTannia Talentotannia.talento@apsva.us
MMonique O’Gradymonique.ogrady@apsva.us

Attend Budget Meetings

  • April 11 – School Board’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget (Syphax Education Center, 7pm)
  • April 12 – School Board’s Presentation to the County Board (County Board Room, 4pm)
  • May 2 – Public Hearing on School Board’s Proposed Budget (Syphax Education Center, 7pm)
  • May 9 – School Board’s Adopted FY 2020 Budget

*Work sessions are open to the public but no comments are accepted.


Contact your friends, family, neighbors, networks

Ask Everyone you Know to contact School Board and County Board. Post information and get their help spreading the word.

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.

Please select the membership level that’s right for you and press Donate Now Button.

Join the AOEA

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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 bn.com/bookfairs 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.

Fall 2018 Open House Highlights

Thanks to all who braved the cool, windy temperatures and participated in the Fall Open House at the Outdoor Lab.

Families enjoyed catching fish in the pond, roasting hotdogs and S’mores by the Cottage fireplace, and learning about the animals who reside in our Animal Lab.  Others joined a hike lead by Lab Directors Christine Payack and Kate Sydney and many played tether ball and frisbee at the Pondside Meadow.

We saw many familiar faces as families returned to experience the outdoors, volunteers took up familiar spots helping our anglers, selling Outdoor Lab shirts and honey and sharing their stories about our treasured space in the woods.  We were also joined by our APS partners from the school board and central office.

We took time to recognize Clare McLean as our 2018 Volunteer of the year!  Clare first came to the Outdoor Lab as a kindergartner, then joined the lab staff during the year and for Summer Camp and now is a member of the AOEA Board of Directors.  Thanks to Clare for her limitless support of the Outdoor Lab.

All enjoyed their time on a crisp fall day and left energized by their time experiencing nature.

Mark your calendars for our Spring Open House Saturday May 4th from 12-4pm!  We hope to see you there!

Fall Open House- Sunday October 21st 12-4pm

The Outdoor Lab Open House is scheduled for Sunday October 21st 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 Sunday November 4th.

We look forward to seeing you!

Spring Open House Highlights

Thanks to all who came out for the Outdoor Lab Spring Open House!  We welcomed Arlington Families, Neighbors and Friends.

We held our annual meeting and welcomed State Senator Barbara Favola who presented the Outdoor Lab with recognition by the General Assembly with SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 262 which read in part

  • “That the General Assembly hereby commend Arlington Outdoor Lab for offering unique educational opportunities to young Virginians on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.”
The AOEA would like to thank the General Assembly,  Senator Favola and Senator Howell and Delagates Hope, Levine, Lopez and Sullivan for their on-going support.

The Annual Meeting continued with the election of  the proposed slate of Board Members.

The group then adjourned outside as we thanked retiring director Neil Heinekamp for his 25 years of service to the lab with the unveiling of a tree planted in his honor and the results of a fund raiser to create a young birders library to cntinue his love of birds for generations to come.