CANCELLED-Fall Open House- Sunday Oct 27th 12-4p

Due to weather forecast the Open House is cancelledfor Sunday October 27th.

Check back in Spring for our next open house.

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 October 27th 12-4pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

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.

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.