Sheridan’s outdoor education program promotes student’s environmental literacy and supports their personal and social development. Through experiences at Sheridan’s Mountain Campus in Luray, VA, as well as trips throughout the year to sites closer to the city campus, students develop a strong personal connection to the environment, explore how society impacts the natural world, investigate and analyze environmental issues, and take individual and collective action towards preserving and protecting our natural world.

Through adventure education and development of outdoor skills, students have powerful opportunities to take risks in a supportive and nurturing environment, to gain independence in new contexts, and to develop teamwork skills with their classmates. Students also explore their identities as they take on challenges and engage in learning experiences outside of the classroom walls.

In grades K–8, students experience:

  • multi-day backpacking trips to Shenandoah National Park
  • simulation of the Silk Road
  • high and low ropes courses
  • exploration of rivers and streams
  • team building games
  • stargazing
  • campfire songs
  • tubing
  • survival skills (fire building, shelter building, cooking)
  • Leave No Trace principles and practices
  • whitewater rafting
  • canoeing
  • hikes of various levels throughout the grades