Outdoor Education

The Country School Parents’ Association (CSPA) provides funding for Outdoor Education programs in the Upper School.

Fifth graders spend a day in the fall and a day in the spring on the Lady Maryland, a replica of a Chesapeake Bay pungy schooner, a boat which sailed the Bay in the 1800’s. The Lady Maryland sails as part of the Living Classrooms Foundation’s educational fleet, providing hands-on, multidisciplinary educational programs.

Sixth graders spend one and a half days and one night at the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton, Maryland. Seventh graders spend two and a half days and two nights at Echo Hill. Echo Hill Outdoor School provides students with positive experiences in the outdoors where they learn more about nature, the value of history, and the diversity of individual qualities. Students participate in sensory exploration classes, sleep in canvas platform tents, eat in an outdoor dining hall, and learn in the outdoors. Small, hands-on classes provide opportunities for students to explore the forest, meadows, ponds, streams, swamps, marshes, beaches, fields, farms, towns, and waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Eighth graders spend three days and two nights at Camp Horizons in the Shenandoah Valley. The Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons offers programs meant to expand and enrich classroom learning opportunities, while offering field-based learning in areas such as Geology, Environmental Studies, Biology, Archaeology, History, and Earth Science. Horizons also offers programs focusing on non-traditional learning in areas such as communication, cooperation, decision-making, conflict resolution, self-esteem, trust, and creativity. Students can hike, mountain bike, scale the 50-foot climbing wall, or attend an Outdoor Living Skills Workshop to learn skills necessary to function in an outdoor setting.
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