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

Welcome to the 2017 season of the Outdoor Lab Summer Camp program.  Information on the camp program may be found in the APS Summer School catalog under Elementary or Middle School Enrichment programs, or check out the links below.

Dates for 2017:

  • 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):

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 site. Links to both application forms are found below:

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: $684

Tuition for Students on Free or Reduced Lunch: $110. Please mark the box on the application; APS will verify designation.

Junior Staff/High School Volunteers:  The Outdoor Lab welcomes APS high school students to apply for Junior Staff positions for one or two sessions. These are volunteer positions but students may earn Community Service hours for their work. Junior Staff 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!

All Junior Staff position for the 2017 summer season have been filled.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, please contact Neil Heinekamp at the Outdoor Lab (neil.heinekamp@apsva.us; 1-866-295-1118 (toll-free)).



Outdoor Lab Driving and Parking Address:
Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab
5554 Beverleys Mill 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 the Science Office at 703-228-6166.