Outdoor Education Programs

Blue Ridge School’s Outdoor Programs encourages engagement with nature every day – whether it is with academic electives, afternoon activities such as Mountain Biking and Outdoorsmen, or destination trips on the weekends. The mission of the Outdoor Programs is to provide small group adventures, which promote an appreciation for the natural environment, physical and cognitive growth, and enhance the overall development of each boy.

The Outdoor Programs takes advantage of the campus’ beautiful location – nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on nearly 750 acres, just outside Shenandoah National Park – and provides opportunities for students to develop their talents and pursue their interests beyond those typically provided at a public or day school. These outdoor experiences enhance self-esteem, promote teamwork and encourage the development of leadership skills beyond the classroom.


Academic electives include Appalachian Experience, Mountain Ecology, Outdoor Leadership, Outdoor Living Skills, Outdoor Appreciation, Service Learning and Wilderness First Aid. Click here for more information.



Mountain Bike Trails
Challenge Course
Interpretive Trail
Orienteering Course
Outdoor Education Classroom
Climbing Tower
Zip Line


Current Year

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In my years at Blue Ridge, I watched Mr. Cory Woods change boys by showing them that they could in fact jump farther or climb higher. It was incredible to see boys who had never been exposed to the outdoors jumping off rock ledges into swimming holes or taking a tough mountain bike trail and then excitedly telling their friends what they had accomplished.

Both he and Mrs. Carrie Woods are a huge part of the reason I am a student at UC, Boulder!

- Max Koneff ’14