Environmental Education

Bring your students outside and explore our 425-acre outdoor classroom!

Environmetnal Education


Explore our outdoor classroom full of hands-on activities and learn more about the ecology of the Mid-Atlantic region.



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Designed around the Virginia Standards of Learning for science, our environmental education options enhance, supplement, and build upon classroom learning. Out outdoor education programs provide the hands on interactive learning by bringing students outside and swapping halls for trails. Let our instructors guide your students through our park to inspire and educate. All of our programs are custom-tailored to your group, and we can provide an unparalleled outdoor learning experience for students in all grade levels.


Earth Quest

  • Grades: 3-4
  • Length: 5-6 Hours
  • Use an EARTHQUEST Passport as a tool to introduce environmental education lessons to 3rd and 4th grade students at Hemlock Overlook's outdoor classroom.

Environmental Education Components

  • Grades 5-8
  • Watershed Studies, Ecology, and Landforms
  • Environmental education introduces students to a diverse ecosystem that coexists with the world they know, leaving them with perspective and knowledge of their natural surroundings.
  • Additional components to supplement a Team Building day.

Outdoor Living Skills

  • Grades 3+
  • Length: 4-6 Hours
  •  Learn basic to advanced skills to support outdoor living and survival, including bow drill fires, shelter constructions, tracking, plant identification, cordage and more.

Native American Day

  • Grades 3+
  • Length: 4-6 Hours
  • Students divide into "tribes" for this six hour program where they learn about primitive skills used by the Eastern Woodland Indians.

Nature Link Overnight

  • Grades 5-7
  • Length: three days, two nights
  • Our Nature Link 3 day 2 night overnight experience gets your students outside, working together, and interacting with the environment in a way they never could in a traditional classroom