Living Classrooms’ DC-area environmental education campus, 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 resources at Camp Fraser to benefit and educate DC-area students 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 approach 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 education staff are trained in environmental science, outdoor education, and are first aid and CPR certified.
Ropes Course– Participants have the opportunity to challenge themselves on the Fraser high ropes course, climbing wall, or team building course.
Forest Ecology– Students will explore a local deciduous forest, learn about forest lifecycles, and the habits of forest wildlife.
Watersheds– Students will learn about ponds, rivers, watersheds, and the animals that inhabit them, as well as conduct water quality testing.
Orienteering– Students learn the basics of navigation, learn the feature of a compass, and use their acquired skills to map a course through the woods.
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 4 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.
For trail maps and more information about the Fraser Preserve and The Nature Conservancy, please visit their website here. For information on Calvary Baptist Church, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.calvarydc.org.
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.
Students had immersive overnight nature experiences at Camp Fraser in 2019.
Average rating of the educational experience at Camp Fraser by Teachers in 2019.
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