Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons

For over 20 years, the Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) at Camp Horizons has been in the business of designing powerful outdoor educational programs and memorable experiences for school groups throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington D.C. Area.

Come stay on our 350-acre facility in Harrisonburg Virginia, which boasts a full equestrian and farm program, onsite lake, and beautiful cabin villages. Choose from our wide range of activities in outdoor adventure, team building, and environmental education programs. If you want to take things to the next level, head out on an offsite trip to one of the nearby rivers, caves, or hiking trails with our OLC Instructors. The options and combinations you choose keep things exciting from year to year!

Our year-round team of professional staff specialize in designing programs for K-12 school groups; just tell us a little bit about your goals for the trip and we will take care of the rest. We are more than happy to send you a quote, answer any questions, or take you on a tour of our facilities!

contact info

Hrs: Office open Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-5PM for calls. Programs 7 days a week.

School

We have an awesome team of full-time staff that specialize in designing programs for K-12 school groups. And, with an extensive activity list to choose from in the areas of outdoor adventure, team building, and environmental education, we can make a combination of programs that will keep your students engaged and excited from the moment they get off the bus.

We have comfortable cabin facilities with built in warm water showers, a full-time dinning staff to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions, and a happy team of professional outdoor educators excited to be working outside with your students. Whatever your goals are for your class, grade, or even your whole school, we are organized and prepared to help. Just send us an email!

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Physical Education

topics covered:
Agricultural Education.

contact info
Email: explore@horizonsva.com

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Min. 10, max. 250 students. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies per program.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies per program.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies per program. Food Options: Full Service Dining Hall. Cost: Fee

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

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Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons

For over 20 years, the Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) at Camp Horizons has been in the business of designing powerful outdoor educational programs and memorable experiences for school groups throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington D.C. Area.

Come stay on our 350-acre facility in Harrisonburg Virginia, which boasts a full equestrian and farm program, onsite lake, and beautiful cabin villages. Choose from our wide range of activities in outdoor adventure, team building, and environmental education programs. If you want to take things to the next level, head out on an offsite trip to one of the nearby rivers, caves, or hiking trails with our OLC Instructors. The options and combinations you choose keep things exciting from year to year!

Our year-round team of professional staff specialize in designing programs for K-12 school groups; just tell us a little bit about your goals for the trip and we will take care of the rest. We are more than happy to send you a quote, answer any questions, or take you on a tour of our facilities!

contact info

Hrs: Office open Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-5PM for calls. Programs 7 days a week.

Scouts

As youth outdoor education professionals, many of our Directors and Instructors have grown up in scouting organizations. And with all the experience shared among our team, we have been able to create some amazing programs for Girl Scout Encampments, Boy Scout Troops, and a variety of other scouting organizations. With a full equestrian center, archery program, climbing tower, a lake, and farm and garden classes, we offer a variety of badge-related activities. And with the ability to choose rustic platform tents or our cozy cabins, you can pick the accommodations that fit your group best.

For Girl Scouts specifically, we have gone a step farther to become a program partner with The Nation’s Capital Area Girl Scouts and The Black Diamond Area Girl Scouts. We frequently host encampments and are ready to support you through the planning process with schedule templates and activity descriptions. We even host our own “Girl Scout Weekend” each season where individual troops can come out and join us for activities, community, and evening programs.

supports scout badges in:
Environmental Studies, Physical Education.

topics covered:
Equestrian, Animal Husbandry, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Caving, Hiking, Backpacking.

contact info
Email: explore@horizonsva.com

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Min 10, Max. 250 scouts. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies per program.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies per program.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies per program. Food Options: Full Service Dining Hall. Cost: Fee

Ropes Course Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Did you know that the British Royal Marines use an advanced ropes course as training for their troops? The course builds confidence and tests troops’ ability to overcome both physical and emotional obstacles. The same ideas are used in recreational ropes courses, which aim to build teamwork and cooperation, as well as boost confidence and leadership skills in participants. While many ropes courses offer lessons aligned during each activity, it is also worthwhile to reflect on the experience after the course. Ask students to describe their feelings during each part of the activity, what challenges they faced, and what strategies they used to overcome those challenges. Ask how these examples can be applied to real-life situations.

 

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