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.


Support the Outdoor Lab by donating to the Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) the non-profit for the Outdoor Lab. The Outdoor Lab is a partnership between the AOEA and Arlington Public Schools (APS). Arlington tax dollars support APS which provides for only PART of the costs of the Outdoor Lab. Donations to the AOEA fund the property and facility maintenance of the Outdoor Lab. We need your help in keeping the Outdoor Lab the special place it has been for generations.  Donate 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 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.