Outdoor Education

Opportunities for outdoor education are integral to the Key experience from First School through grade twelve. The principles underlying Key's Outdoor Education Program emphasize the development of community and the significance of leadership and teamwork.

Students develop both confidence and compassion and understand 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.

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. 

Middle School students pose together while sitting at the top of a mountain overlooking a valley
A group of Lower School students crouch down on the beach over a white net picking through seaweed to find water creatures
An Upper School boy crouches down on the edge of a body of water
First School students wearing life jackets standing on the beach
Upper School students gather around a campfire on a beach with tents in the background on an outdoor education trip
Three young girls investigate insects in a log in the woods
A group of Middle School students sit and stand on a fallen tree in the woods during an outdoor education trip
Three Middle School students use sidewalk chalk to decorate a sidewalk outside at Fusco Athletic Complex
Nine Lower School boys and girls stand knee high in water with their teacher and their arms around each other's shoulders
Three Middle School kids wearing climbing gear stand next to ladders at an outdoor climbing wall

Paul Bayne

Outdoor Education Department Head


While the focus of Key School's 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.