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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trip Information for Teachers
- Outdoor Lab Schedule for 2016-2017
- Outdoor Lab Trip Confirmation Form (for Teachers to Complete and Submit Before their Trip)–under construction
Field Trip Permission Slips and Additional information:
- Letter to Lead Teachers for Fall 2016 Memo for Lead Teachers, Principals, and Department Chairs, 2016-2017
- Parental Authorization Combined Form-English
- Parental Authorization Combined Form-Spanish
- Luggage and Lodging Search Permission-English
- Luggage and Lodging Search Permission-Spanish
- Chaperone and/or Driver Information Form-English
- Chaperone and/or Driver Information Form-Spanish
- Authorization for Medication Form-English
- Authorization for Medication Form-Spanish
- Overview for Teachers on the Outdoor Lab
- Overview for Parents on the Outdoor Lab
- Information on Purchasing Meals (for teachers)
- Menu for GR 5 Overnights
- Suggested Student Supply List for GR 5 Overnights
- Driving and Parking Directions to the Outdoor Lab
- Information on Ticks
- Bus Transportation: The Outdoor Lab is allocated one bus each day to bring students to and from the Lab. 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 and contact the Outdoor Lab Co-Directors at least two weeks before the trip date to discuss trip arrangements.
- Inclement Weather Policy: If Fauquier County schools are closed or have a delayed opening, trips to the Outdoor Lab are usually canceled; exceptions may be made by the Lab. If Arlington County Schools are closed or have a delayed opening, Outdoor Lab trips are canceled. In either case, the Science Office will notify Transportation about the bus. Information on school closings or delays in Fauquier County is available by calling Fauquier County’s Inclement Weather Hotline at 1-540-422-7250 (recorded message) or on the Web at www.fcps1.org
- 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
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.
Financial Assistance: TBD
- Welcome Letter
- Parental Authorization Combined Form
- Luggage and Lodging Search Permission Form
- Authorization for Medication (Prescription) Form
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication List
- Outdoor Lab Camper Form
- Suggested Equipment List for Campers
- Hand-out on Ticks for Campers Upon Return
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 (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org ; toll-free 1-866-295-1118), or Chris Reid at the Science Office (email@example.com ; 703-228-6166).