Outdoor Education

students rock climbingKey's commitment to providing a supportive environment for experiential learning extends far beyond the classroom. Opportunities for outdoor education are integral to the Key experience from First School through grade twelve.

All students, beginning in Middle School, participate in overnight trips that range from two to six days and include camping, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and environmental exploration. While the focus of exploration is on the Chesapeake Bay and Shenandoah National Park locales, groups also travel to Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, and other parts of Maryland and Virginia.

The principles underlying Key's outdoor education program emphasize the development of community, the significance of leadership and teamwork, the discovery of both confidence and compassion, the value of respect for self and others, the need for stewardship of the environment, and the relevance of the natural world to learning in the classroom and beyond.