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.
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.