For over a decade, Christchurch students have enjoyed our two River and Outdoor co-curricular programs. The programs, Aquaculture and River & Outdoor provide meaningful outdoor activities for high school students, oriented around enjoyment, conservation, skill-building, and community. They are specially designed for those students who wish to delve deeper into their connection with the Rappahannock River and our place in its watershed.
Aquaculture provides students with hands-on projects that are focused on making a positive impact on the local community and the environment. From organic agriculture to innovative oyster aquaculture, Living Campus constantly seeks out ways to improve our quality of life alongside water quality.
River & Outdoor is designed to explore the natural wonders of our Tidewater region, while building outdoor skills. Here, our students become accomplished canoers, shallow water anglers, explorers, observers, and conservationists. An important feature of this program is its emphasis on enhancing our school's environmental connection to the river.
CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS take place each weekday afternoon, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and include athletics, community service, performing arts, student leadership, robotics, and outdoor and nature-oriented programs.
Benefits of Outdoor Education Activities in High School
Learning about the outdoors, particularly regarding conservation and the environment, reaps abundant benefits for high school students. Caring for the earth encourages a stewardship ethic, as well as a desire to make a positive impact on the community and environment. Students who attend nature-based boarding schools develop a strong appreciation for the outdoors, and they typically see and understand big-picture topics such as water quality and how the environmental impact.
Overall, participating in outdoor education enhances student respect for the environment. It also encourages healthier lifestyles, provides the building blocks for a stronger community, and empowers students to address complex environmental issues. Research has also shown students who learn outdoors tend to have better school performance in the classroom and on standardized testing.
Why Choose Christchurch School
If you’re looking for boarding schools with outdoor programs, you won’t want to miss the opportunities available at Christchurch School. Whether you’re interested in our high school fishing opportunities, the acclaimed sailing team
, or our studies in organic agriculture, we offer the unique benefit of a picturesque setting on 125 acres on the Rappahannock River.
Likewise, you won’t find outdoor adventure high schools with a better or more challenging college prep curriculum. Because of the comprehensive, exceptional education we provide, 100% of our students get accepted into four-year colleges and universities after graduation. We also offer a diverse student body, representing 15 different states and 14 countries. In addition to outdoor activities, we offer a variety of other co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, giving students plenty of places in which to thrive.