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Outdoor Lab AcademyA weekday learning environment serving children in K-5 through 8th grade held at the Clemson University Outdoor Lab.

As Clemson and the surrounding areas return to work and school under COVID-19 concerns, parents are navigating their own work responsibilities along with their children’s school needs.  By providing a place where children can be supervised during school hours, parents are able to focus on productivity in their work and the children are given opportunities to spend time outdoors with their peers in a controlled environment.  The Outdoor Lab property provides an abundance of outdoor space and plenty of buildings to spread out as needed for school/study time.  As an accredited program through the American Camp Association, our health and safety protocols and risk management practices meet and exceed industry standards.  Additionally, we have measures and screening processes in place, including but not limited to:

  • Pre-screening communication prior to participation to determine symptoms and/or exposure prior to arrival onsite.
  • Screening protocols upon arrival each day.
  • Face coverings required in enclosed spaces and in outdoor spaces when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Disinfecting protocols in place for all high touch areas, indoor spaces, restrooms and play equipment and focus on hygiene for participants.

This Monday – Friday program will operate during regular school hours, with options to participate in a full or half day and 2 or 5 days per week.  Students will be expected to provide everything they need for school (computer, textbooks, headset with microphone, other school supplies).  WiFi is available throughout the space and time will be structured for students to virtually attend their classes and complete coursework. OL Academy staff will not be responsible for delivering curriculum, however, will offer support and supervision. 

Registration is week to week to provide the most scheduling and financial flexibility to families.  Fees range from $60 - $300 per week, depending on options selected. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact us for additional information!

The staff at the Outdoor Lab Academy really go above and beyond to communicate with parents, encourage students as they work through virtual assignments, and help students work through technical issues that arise. The biggest bonus to this program is how they also plan activities that allow students to be creative, engage in nature, and play with others in a safe, socially distanced way. Parent
Our kids have absolutely loved the Outdoor Lab Academy! And we have gotten so much more work done! The camp protocols around group size, masking and distancing have made us feel comfortable, the staff have been super communicative and the kids have been able to get their work completed and to enjoy outdoor activities with peers! It really is a win-win-win. Parent