The Outdoor Lab is an approximately 200-acre outdoor education facility in Fauquier County, Virginia, that is owned by the Arlington Outdoor Education Association and used by APS during the school year to run education programs for its students.
The information below should provide parents the information needed to prepare for a class trip to the Outdoor Lab, be it a day trip or a Grade 5 overnight. If you do not find the information you need using the links below, please contact the Science Office at 703-228-6166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor Lab Trip Schedule of Visits (by School), 2019-2020. Scroll down for a month-by-month version of this list.
Field Trip Permission Slips and Additional information:
- Information on the Outdoor Lab for Lead Teachers, Principals and Department Chairs, 2019-2020
- Parental Authorization Combined Form (English) (Spanish)
- Luggage and Lodging Search Permission (English) (Spanish)
- Chaperone and/or Driver Information Form (English) (Spanish)
- Medication Authorization Form
- Release of Medication from Clinic for Field Trip Beyond the School Day Hours
- Overview for Teachers about the Outdoor Lab
- Overview for Parents about the Outdoor Lab
- Chaperone Duties for GR 5 Overnights (English) (Spanish)
- Menu for Grade 5 Overnight Trips
- Cookout Lunch Menu for day trips
- Suggested Student Supply List for GR 5 Overnights
- Driving and Parking Directions for the Outdoor Lab
- Information on Ticks
- Bus Transportation: Students are transported to the Outdoor Lab on APS school buses. The Science Office makes all the bus reservations; buses are requested to arrive at school sites at the start of the regular school day. If you need a wheelchair-accessible bus, please confirm this request with the Science Office four weeks before your trip. On days when concurrent trips are being run at the Lab, each school group will have its own separate bus.
- Inclement Weather Policy: If Fauquier County schools are closed or have a delayed opening, decisions about APS trips to the outdoor lab will be made on a day-by-day basis. The Lab Director will contact the teacher serving as trip coordinator with updates and directions. If Arlington County Schools are closed or have a delayed opening, Outdoor Lab trips are canceled.
- Alcohol and Tobacco: In keeping with APS policy, use of alcohol and/or tobacco products is not permitted by students, staff, or trip chaperones at any time at the Outdoor Lab.
Outdoor Lab Summer Camp
Outdoor Lab Summer Camp ended another great season on Friday, July 26, 2019. Thanks to all the energetic and engaged campers (and their parents!) for lively and educational sessions exploring all that the Outdoor Lab has to offer. A special note of appreciation to Joanne Godwin, the Camp Director, and to the entire amazing staff. The camp could not have happened without their hard work and enthusiastic spirit!
Dates for Outdoor Lab Summer Camp for 2020:
- Elementary School: Session A (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): TBD
- Middle School: Session B (for students who just completed GR 6, GR 7, and GR 8): TBD
- Elementary School: Session C (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): TBD
Program Descriptions (from the Summer School Catalog):
- Elementary Camp Description
- Middle School Camp Description
How to Apply:
The application for the Outdoor Lab Summer Camp is the same form used to apply for any of the APS Summer School programs. There is a separate form for the Elementary and Secondary (Middle School) sessions. These may be found in the Summer School catalog or through the Summer School web page. Links to both application forms are found below:
- Application for Elementary Summer School Programs (including Outdoor Lab)
- Application for Secondary Summer School Programs (including Outdoor Lab)
Applications are accepted between (dates TBD) NOTE: Application to the camp is NOT on a first come-first served basis. Once the registration window closes, if there are more applicants than available slots, a lottery will be held to determine enrollment.
Tuition: $TBD (set by School Board). This price includes transportation via APS school bus from Arlington to the Outdoor Lab on Monday morning and return Friday afternoon; all meals and snacks (except students bring a bag lunch the first day); accommodations in platform tents; and all supplies for projects. The Outdoor Lab Summer Camp follows the refund policy of the APS Summer School program.
Tuition for Students on Free or Reduced Lunch: $TBD (set by School Board). Please mark the box on the application; APS will verify designation. A limited number of scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year. Inquiries about scholarship assistance should come from the school principal, assistant principal or head guidance counselor.
High School Volunteers/Counselors in Training (CIT): The Outdoor Lab welcomes APS high school students to apply to be a CIT for one or two sessions. These are volunteer positions but students may earn Community Service hours for their work. Students who are currently in GR 9 may apply to help at one or both of the Elementary sessions (Dates TBD). Students completing GR 10, 11 & 12 may apply to volunteer at either the Elementary sessions and/or the Middle School session (Dates TBD).
CITs participate in all aspects of camp life–student hikes and activities, night programs, helping to prepare and serve meals, clean up, etc. A cooperative spirit and sense of enthusiasm are required! If you are interested, please complete the CIT application, have it signed by a parent/guardian, and return it to TBD. If you have any questions about the CIT positions, please contact the science office at email@example.com or at 703.228-6166.
- Welcome Letter and Instructions for Session A (TBD)
- Welcome Letter and Instructions for Session B (TBD)
- Welcome Letter and Instructions for Session C (TBD)
- Parental Authorization Combined Form
- Luggage and Lodging Search Permission Form
- Authorization for Medication (Prescription) Form
- Over-the-Counter Medications List and Form
- Over-the-Counter Authorization for Medication Form
- Outdoor Lab Camper Form
- Suggested Equipment List for Campers
- Hand-out on Ticks for Campers and Staff
- Hand-out on Ticks (Spanish) for Campers and Staff
Outdoor Lab Driving and Parking Address:
Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab
5554 Beverleys Mill Road
Broad Run, Virginia 20137
Questions About the Lab and its Programs? Please contact the Science Office at 703-228-6166.