Outdoor Lab

Welcome to the Outdoor Lab!

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 teachers and 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 chris.reid@apsva.us

Trip Information for Teachers

Field Trip Permission Slips and Additional information:


Outdoor Lab Summer Camp

Thanks to all the Outdoor Lab staff and high school volunteers for another great season at the Outdoor Lab Summer Camp.  Information on the 2017 program will be available in February 2017; registration will be open for approximately 4 weeks starting on March 3, 2017.

Tentative dates for the 2017 season:

  • Elementary School: Session A (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): June 26 to June 30
    Middle School: Session B (for students who just completed GR 6, GR 7, and GR 8): July 10 to July 14
    Elementary School: Session C (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): July 24 to July 28

Program Descriptions (from the Summer School Catalog):

  • Elementary Camp Session
  • Middle School Camp Session

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 (distributed at the Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conferences) or through the Summer School web page (starting in late February). Links to both application forms are found below:

  • Application for Elementary Summer School Programs (available late February 2017)
  • Application for Secondary Summer School Programs (available late February 2017)

Applications may be submitted to the Main Office at your child’s school or sent directly to the Science Office.

NOTE: Applications are NOT accepted 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

Financial Assistance: TBD

Outdoor Lab Address:
Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab
5111 Biscuit Mountain Road
Broad Run, Virginia 20137

Questions?   Please contact one of the Lab Co-Directors, Neil Heinekamp and Christine Payack (neil.heinekamp@apsva.us; christine.payack@apsva.us ; toll-free 1-866-295-1118), or Chris Reid at the Science Office (chris.reid@apsva.us ; 703-228-6166).