Thank you for your support! Individual members donating their time, money and expertise are the backbone of the AOEA.  Donations to the Arlington Outdoor Education Association, Inc. are tax-deductible and help provide hands-on, experienced based scientific learning for our students.


BECOME A MEMBER of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association, Inc.  and support a unique and important component of the Arlington County School’s science program.  Your membership dollars go towards building and maintaining the buildings and property of the Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab.  As a member you will receive newsletters and have opportunities to attend open houses, work parties, and special programs such as star gazing. Join Today!


The AOEA relies heavily upon volunteers.  Go to our Volunteer Page to see how you can become involved.

Share your Experience

Share your Experience by Following or Liking us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!  Let your friends and family know what you did at the lab and help us grow our community of support.

After 50 years, the Outdoor Lab has affected generations of students and families  Share your memories of the Outdoor Lab to help us document the impact the lab has had on Arlington families.  You can submit our Share your Memory Form or send stories and pictures via

Give as you Shop

Various companies will donate a percentage of the value of your shopping total to The Outdoor Lab!  Check out how you can support the Outdoor Lab While you Shop.

Give at Work

The AOEA is a public charity, and participates in the United Way, Combined Federal Campaign, and appreciates the matching donations of many individual employers.  If making an individual donation, please check with your employer to see if they match all or part and increase the impact for The Outdoor Lab.

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Thanks for 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.  Please consult your financial planner for details.

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 also earned a Bronze Seal of Transparency from GuideStar!