Outdoor Education is a memorable highlight of our upper school curriculum for most students. Over four years, students participate in lengthier trips as they build their comfort in the outdoors, self-confidence, and cooperation with their peers.
Fifth graders spend a day on the Chesapeake Bay, either in canoes, kayaks, or Chesapeake work boats, engaged in hands-on, multidisciplinary educational programs that connect to the 5th-grade science curriculum.
spend one and a half days and one night at a local retreat center that offers team-building and personal development activities including high and low ropes initiatives.
Seventh graders spend two days and nights at the Echo Hill Outdoor School. Echo Hill 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 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.
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, or scale the 50-foot climbing wall.