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Outdoor Education


Through academic classes, adventure activities, outdoor day trips, and longer excursions, students explore their world, build their self-esteem, and emerge with a stronger sense of themselves as leaders and environmental stewards.

The form and content of outdoor environmental activities are designed to give students an “I can do it!” experience, and help them meet specific environmental-issue instruction goals.  Environmental literacy is developed in scope and sequence in all grades and "threaded through" the arts, sciences, social studies, and humanities, in addition to a wide variety of experiences outside of school. Teachers in these disciplines collaborate to add content, meaning, and hands-on extension activities that allow our students to become true stewards of the environment.

We use the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Issues Investigation Framework to facilitate learning that ends in student-driven action projects. Thanks to a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust (funded by sales of Maryland's Treasure of the Chesapeake license plate) we leave our urban campus to get outside and learn through hands-on experiences. Completed student-led action projects include, but are not limited to: a cup campaign to reduce waste; stream surveys and clean ups; and signs to reduce energy consumption. In Spring of 2019, the Baltimore Lab School Watershed Stewards Program was honored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a CBF Student Leadership Affiliate. 

This program is led by Patti Child, who has been bringing Lab’s innovative, creative methodology to students for 15 years and is currently a Master Watershed Steward of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about the wonderful initiatives and activities for Baltimore Lab School’s students, contact Patti Child at or take a look at Baltimore Lab School's Green School Application and our Environmental Blog.


Baltimore Lab is a Certified Maryland Green School

This accomplishment represents our school's commitment to environmental literacy for staff, students and the community. Thank you to the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) for recognizing this commitment, and supporting our students in becoming well-informed citizens and consumers.

Our Green Team of Mrs. Child (Outdoor Education Coordinator), Ms. Brazell (Lower School), Mrs. Klein (Middle School), and Mrs. Hoffman and Ms. Moore (High School), document our Green School activities throughout the year. Learn more at:  

Baltimore Lab School Environmental Literacy Goals
  • Goal 1: Every Baltimore Lab School student graduates with the knowledge and skills to make informed environmental decisions.
  • Goal 2:  All Baltimore Lab School teachers are provided with sustained professional development, tools, and resources that support their role in providing students with high-quality environmental education.      
  • Goal 3:  Baltimore Lab School will maintain its buildings, grounds, and operations to support positive environmental and human health outcomes.      
  • Goal 4:  Baltimore Lab School will reach out to regional and state programs to obtain the full suite of information and opportunities available for our students.
Patti Child
Outdoor Education Coordinator

These adventures are valued as an important tool for personal physical, emotional and social growth. Rock Climbing is open to 1st-12th grade students. Adventure based learning experiences promote life-time skills and improves critical skills such as self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership.

Register for Rock Climbling here.


Our swimming program is now part of the adventure based learning experiences offered through Baltimore Lab School Outdoor Education. The swimming program is designed and customized for BLS students. Instruction can include basic learn-to swim skills, stroke refinement and rescue skills. The objectives are to orient students to the aquatic environment, gain and build on basic skills, learn and refine different strokes, and acquire personal safety and rescue skills.

Swimming adventures are held at Weinberg Family Center Y on 33rd Street on Mondays and Fridays.

Register for Swimming here