Enrichment, After School, and Summer Education in the National Capital Region
Kingman and Heritage Island Programming
Originally created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1916, Kingman and Heritage Islands have been transformed into a recreational area for people of all ages to learn about the natural environment in Washington, DC. Located in the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium and managed by Living Classrooms in partnership with DC City Government, these islands are host to trails and are a wonderful place to picnic, ride your bike, or hike.
101 Springvale Rd,
Great Falls Virginia 22066
Living Classrooms' newest DC area educational site, Camp Fraser lies on approximately 76 acres of wooded land, surrounded by more than 220 acres of Fraser Preserve, an undeveloped area managed by the Nature Conservancy. Located a few miles from Great Falls, Virginia and just a 45-minute ride from downtown DC, Camp Fraser offers students from all over the region hands-on educational programs, summer camps, and adventure programming. Camp Fraser is also available for group retreats,
programs, and events.
Camp Fraser is managed and programmed by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, and is owned by Calvary Baptist Church, Washington DC. This partnership is aimed at using the natural jewel that is Camp Fraser to benefit and educate the National Capital Region through recreation, camps, educational programs, and access to the outdoors.
Living Classrooms offers adventure and ropes course programs, teambuilding and nature lessons to summer camps and school groups. Our hands-on, experiential apporach to learning complements formal in-class education. Choose from a daytime visit with activities and lessons led by trained outdoor educators, or stay overnight for a camp out in our camper houses and indoor bunk beds! All of our educator staff are trained in environmental science, outdoor education, and are first aid and CPR certified.
The Fraser lodge houses all that is needed for indoor meetings of up to 100 people. The commercial kitchen is well equipped and is convenient for food preparation. There is a multi-purpose room for larger gatherings and for dining. Bunk beds sleep up to 48 overnight in 6 dormitory rooms downstairs. Men and women's restrooms with two showers each are also located on the lower level.
Fraser Preserve is a 220 acre natural preserve surrounding Camp Fraser, reaching from Springvale Road to the Potomac River. This woodland is owned by The Nature Conservancy, and contains 2.25 miles of hiking trails, which provide a great immersion in the ecosystems of the Piedmont region. The main trail also connects to Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, if a longer hike is desired.
101 Springvale Rd, Great Falls Virginia 22066
From the Beltway, take exit 44, Route 193 (Georgetown Pike) north, 6.2 miles to Great Falls. Continue through Great Falls 1.4 miles more to Springvale Rd. From the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Springvale Rd, turn right and drive north on Springvale as far as
possible (2.7 miles). At approximately 2.2 miles-immediately past a French restaurant-the road jogs to the left and immediately right. The Camp Fraser "driveway" begins where Springvale Rd appears to end. There is a gate at that point, and a sign that indicates"Fraser Preserve". The Lodge is approximately 1 mile up the gravel road.
Camp Fraser is available by reservation for user-run programs, retreats, events, or other usage. Please contact CampFraser@livingclassroomsdc.org
for any questions or booking requests.
The park outreach program is designed to allow large groups of students to learn about the natural world in an outdoor setting. Up to 150 students per day are invited to visit a local park and participate in a variety of hands-on, interactive learning stations based in science, history, English, and the arts. Fulfilling schools' needs for a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE), park outreaches present students the chance to take knowledge they've gained in the classroom and apply it to the world around them.
Queen Beez is a program that allows young girls to uplift and express themselves through song and dance.
Groups of 6th grade girls meet with professional female mentors to learn about the environment and leadership during weekly Saturday workshops. After lunch, the focus of the day shifts to transferring their new knowledge to their communities by writing and filming positive hip-hop videos.
The girls become involved in strengthening their communities while at the same time becoming invested in their own self-improvement.