AOEA Outdoor Lab

Welcome to the Outdoor Lab

The Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab is a 225-acre facility that provides science and outdoor education to the students of Arlington County Public Schools. In this natural classroom, urban youth — often for the first time — can run in a meadow, climb a mountain, hike beside a stream, or fish in a pond. Four classes per week visit the Outdoor Lab, one of which has an overnight, and there are three week-long summer camps. Each year, the Outdoor Lab provides hands-on outdoor and environmental education to more than 9,000 students, from elementary grades through high school.

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We invite you to learn more about this unique educational resource. See what’s new at the lab. Learn more about our educational programs. Come to one of our upcoming events. And please consider donating to the Arlington Outdoor Education Association to help maintain this unique facility for generations to come.