Outdoor Education Program
The Blue Ridge School Outdoor Programs exists in conjunction with the School’s belief that a comprehensive extracurricular program of interscholastic athletics, fine arts and outdoor activities provides opportunities for students to develop their talents and pursue their interests. These pleasurable experiences enhance self-esteem, promote teamwork and encourage the development of leadership skills. The program takes advantage of the campus’ location which is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The mission of The Blue Ridge School Outdoor Programs is to provide small group outdoor experiences, that are enjoyable and promote an appreciation for the natural environment, physical and cognitive growth, and enhance the overall development of the participant. The program is staffed by a director, assistant director and other staff as appointed in the afternoon program.
"OMG. It had been at least six years since I had been to the BRS campus and ridden the trails. The place is a gem, the whole campus from the building to the athletic facilities to the setting to the trails…..on and on and on…….awesome. It’s a lucky young man who ends up spending time at your campus.
And the riding was spectacular. The old trails were super techy, narrow, steep, rocky and rooty. Just the way we like them. The new trails are a blast, fast, bermy, flowy roller coasters. It’s going to make for a great race course.
We rode Chelsey Creek, Twin Lakes and Interpretive, then banged out Rhino, Bear Hole and Cabin Lake." - Alumnus Christopher Hoy
Blue Ridge School Gateway Trails
Blue Ridge School was honored to receive support from The Walton Family Foundation to improve its mountain bike trails and program in 2012. The initiative was led by BRS Outdoor Program Director Tony Brown and an Arkansas-based firm Progressive Trail Design. The first phase of the initiative was the completion of the Gateway Trails, a multi-faceted, two mile long trail that circles the perimeter of the School’s main campus.
The 3-4’ machine built path, is designed for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. It builds on BRS’s existing 10.25 miles of existing trails on BRS’s 751 acre campus. The trail incorporates the natural terrain and contours to give it a rhythm and flow like a moving stream.
See PROGRESSIVE TRAIL DESIGN’s video of the trail being built.
Outdoor Program Activities: