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 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 Michele Karnbach, the Outdoor Lab Director at 540-347-2258; michele.karnbach@apsva.us or the Science Office at 703-228-6166; chris.reid@apsva.us

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:

Outdoor Lab Summer Camp

Plans for the 2020 Outdoor Lab Summer Camp program are already underway.  We are looking forward to another great summer featuring both new opportunities and old favorites, as well as lots of fun and adventure exploring all that the Outdoor Lab has to offer.

Dates for Outdoor Lab Summer Camp for 2020:

  • Elementary School: Session A (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): June 22 to June 26
  • Middle School: Session B (for students who just completed GR 6, GR 7, and GR 8): July 6 to July 10
  • Elementary School: Session C (for students who just completed GR 4 and GR 5): July 20 to July 24

Program Descriptions (from the Summer School Catalog):

  • Elementary Camp Description–to be posted in mid/late February 2020
  • Middle School Camp Description–to be posted in mid/late February 2020

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)–to be posted in mid/late February 2020
  •  Application for Secondary Summer School Programs   (including Outdoor Lab)

Applications are accepted ONLY between Thursday, March 5 and Friday, April 3!   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: $684 (price 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: $113 (price set by School Board).  Please mark the box on the application; APS Food Services will verify the 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 (June 22 to June 26 OR July 20 to July 24). Students completing GR 10, 11 & 12 may apply to volunteer at either the Elementary sessions and/or the Middle School session (July 6 to July 10).

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 chris.reid@apsva.us or at 703.228-6166.

CIT APPLICATION–to be posted in March 2020



  • 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

Directions to the Outdoor Lab

Questions About the Lab and its Programs?   Please contact the Outdoor Lab at 540-347-2258 or the Science Office at 703-228-6166.