Outdoor Education - Field Trips & More
We understand that you want the best educational opportunities for your students — ones that will have a lasting impact. That’s why we partner with schools to reach their students with an outdoor educational experience that’s far beyond the ordinary classroom setting!
Our outdoor education classes and activities provide an interactive science field trip experience. Our courses are customized to meet your time and budget constraints. Black Rock Retreat’s outdoor education program can be a 2-3 day (overnight) school retreat or even just a half-day or 1-day long field trip.
Learning starts with YOU!
Whether you’re a public school, private school, Christian school, or homeschool group, your students will get hands-on with nature and never be the same! High school and middle school students love coming to Black Rock Retreat for a school field trip because they get to learn outside in a very hands-on way. We even have special preschool and elementary school field trip activities.
More than just a science field trip in Lancaster County, students will never forget their time learning about the outdoors in beautiful Pennsylvania woodlands at our outdoor education camp/center!
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"Black Rock Retreat is amazing! The kids will have these memories to carry with them on their journey in life."Administrator from Maryland
What Do We Do?
Our outdoor education field trips and retreats are designed with your school in mind. We provide a variety of interactive outdoor classes and activities that make use of our 100 acres of PA woodlands. Students from all backgrounds and learning styles will discover an experience full of adventure and excitement. They'll enjoy a time of adventure and hands-on learning as they participate in science education. Check out our new interactive 3-D science display at our nature center! We've got a "digital sandbox" where students will gain first-hand experience with the science of topography. They'll also see how watersheds work in this unique interactive display.
Who Do We Serve?
The Outdoor Education program at Black Rock serves the following with outdoor education courses and activities designed specifically to meet the needs of your students.
We’re conveniently located in Lancaster County, PA… a short drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware (see driving directions here).
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"Black Rock Retreat is amazing! The kids will have these memories to carry with them on their journey in life."School Administrator from Maryland
Our retreat center in Pennsylvania is conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Only :30 from Interstate 95 and :50 from the PA Turnpike, we're both secluded and easily accessible.
Approximate Driving Times:
- Philadelphia, PA - 1:10
- Baltimore, MD - 1:10
- Harrisburg, PA - 1:10
- Washington, DC - 1:50
- New York City (NYC) - 2:30
- Pocono Mountains - 2:20
- Wilmington, DE - :50
- Dover, DE - 1:20
- Allentown, PA - 1:40
- Trenton, NJ - 2:00
- Atlantic City, NJ - 2:00
- Hagerstown, MD - 2:10
FAQs About Outdoor Education at Black Rock
- Are these field trips half-day, day-long, or overnight?
Any of those are available options! Our outdoor learning program can be customized to your needs. We can accommodate for all of those lengths of field trips: half-day, day-long, and overnight field trips up to 3 days.
- Is this a science field trip in Lancaster County, PA?
- Where do I sign up?
How to get started:
- Where can I find more answers?
There are several options:
- What is there for students to do during free time?
There are several options for students during free time. The playground area, including the basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, and gaga courts are all available (see some photos). If your students want to go to the ball field, on a hike, or to the creek they will need to have an adult with them.
- What food is available for someone with special dietary needs?
If you (or your student) are a vegetarian or have specific allergies, there is still food available! The sooner you let us know your specific needs, the better equipped our kitchen staff will be to serve you.
You can email us with any questions or concerns about dietary needs.