Outdoor Lab Overnight Information

Location of the Outdoor Lab

Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab
5111 Biscuit Mountain Road
Broad Run, VA 20137-2106

Contact Information

Director Neil Heinekamp
866-295-1118 (toll-free)

Suggested Student Equipment List for Overnights

What to Wear

  • Tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes (boots in the winter)
  • Socks
  • Long Pants
  • Comfortable shirt (may well get dirty)
  • Jacket appropriate to the season
  • Hat, gloves, and boots (warmer attire for cold weather)

Dressing for Tick Protection

Your child will be participating in a field trip to an area where black-legged (der) ticks may be found. People usually pick up deer ticks on their skin, hair, or clothing by rubbing against long grasses, brush, or leaves. Ways to reduce tick exposure include:

  • Wear long pants, over-the-ankle socks, and a long-sleeved shirt
  • Wear light-colored clothing that is easier for spotting ticks
  • Wear clothing that allows pant legs to be tucked into socks and shirts to be tucked into pants

What to Bring

  • Sleeping bag (a thin ensolite pad is provided)
  • Falshlight
  • Water bottle
  • Extra long-sleeved shirt
  • Extra pair of pants
  • Extra pair of comfortable shoes (for hiking)
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night clothing
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bag lunch for the first day

Optional Items to Bring

  • Sun screen
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Small pillow
  • Small hand towel
  • Camera

Do Not Bring

  • Electronics (Do not bring cell phones, iPads, game players, iPods, etc)
  • Money (there is nothing to buy)
  • Food, except bag lunch for the first day; three meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch) and snacks are provided
  • Any items of value

Packing Tips

For this type of trip, duffel bags work much better than suitcases. It is a good idea to label each piece of clothing, and to bring bags for storing wet items.