Lab Notes         
 AOEA PO Box 5646 Arlington, VA 22205

  Feb 2017
President's Letter - THANK YOU!

We raised a total of $11,770, exceeding our goal of $9,000 for our 2016 year-end fundraising campaign.  

This is the first time we have had a target for a year-end campaign, and we would like to thank everyone who contributed. We so appreciate the additional support we have received, and are putting the contributions "right to work" toward the purchase of some "tiny homes"  to accomodate our staff during 5th grade overnights. 

  The Lab is better off today because of all of you who made a gifts in 2016, and we are well positioned to continue supporting the 9,000 students that plan to visit the Lab in 2017. 
Tax-deductible contributions can be made at any time of year  (at  or mail to Arlington Outdoor Education Association, Inc.  P.O. Box 5646, Arlington, VA 22205)    


Michael Nardolilli
President, Arlington Outdoor Education Association



  Striker Cottage - in colder times!
Winter Poem

Simple Gifts

By Christine Payack (AKA Ms. Turtle)
The woods are unwrapped.
Brown, crinkly-leafed paper
scattered on the ground.
A forest full of simple gifts
revealed, unbound.
Summer nests bedecked like jewels
rest in branches bare.
Festive aromas waft and float
through fragrant forest air.
Wild whispered messages
of frozen tracks and scat.
Mosaic mosses coat the ground
in softly frosted mats.
Ferns unfurl in stillness.
Leafy lime lichen
clinging to bark.
Cracked coats of crust
encase ancient rock.
Chords of cold streams
escort the silence
and cradle a nursery below.
Stone walls wander
while telling tales
of lives lived long ago.
Mixed winter flocks flit
in twittering flight.
Long shadows fall and shape these gifts
in velvet evening light.
Duck snow footprints
Summer Camp at the Lab???
Summer camp at the Outdoor Lab is managed through the APS Summer School Program (  There are two sessions for students who have completed 4th & 5th grade (6/26-30 & 7/24-28).  For students who have completed 6th, 7th & 8th grade there is one session (7/10-14).    Registration opens 1 March and closes 7 April.

A blend of traditional camp activities (hiking, evening campfires, crafts, skits, etc.), nature exploration and sensory awareness make this program fun and informative. The Outdoor Lab summer camp provides students with the opportunity to explore the natural world at their own pace. The highly qualified staff will safely guide campers through various activities that may include aquatic studies, natural history, and nature's supermarket.  Students are transported to the Outdoor Lab on Monday morning and returned to Arlington on Friday afternoon of the same week. Platform tents, meals and snacks are provided. Tent mates will be assigned by the Camp Director. For additional information call 703-228-6166. If registration exceeds program capacity, a random selection procedure will be used to determine participation. Students will be notified by email from the Science Office (or through USPS if no email is provided) by April 21 on the status of their applications.

Save the Date for Our Spring Open House
Saturday May 20!!

Plan to join us at our Spring Open House on Saturday May 20 from 1-5 pm.  Come visit the animal lab, go boating, take a hike, fish, cook hot dogs and s'mores over a campfire!



It's cold outside!  Always wanted an Outdoor Lab t-shirt, hat, or hoodie or pullover sweatshirt? We have them! Send an email to
for color, size and type.

Lab Sweatshirt
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President:          Mike Nardolilli
Vice-President   Bob Schrider 
Treasurer:          Claire Hardie
Secretary:          Mary Ann Penning

Committee Chairpersons

Facilities & Maint.:  Bob Schrider 
Fundraising             Ron Oleynik
Outreach:               Judy Collins
Newsletter:             Todd Parker

Other Board Members: Paul Diehl,
Carol Goodloe,  Felix Herrera, Michael Maleski,
Anita Scott, Paula  Wolferseder Yabar

Todd Parker
Outdoor Lab
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