Outdoor Education

Learning at Solebury School isn’t limited to the classroom. Solebury offers various outdoor activities that take advantage of our location in Bucks County, PA, a region known for its rolling hills and state parks set alongside the Delaware River. We explore other areas of the United States, as well, by hosting multi-day trips.

Our goal is to build our students’ confidence through challenging yet fun excursions and develop an appreciation and respect for nature. Regardless of skill level, we take students outdoors to experience nature, to exercise and to inspire a sense of peace and well-being.

February 2017 Ski Trip

Shown: Solebury hit the slopes of Okemo Mountain Resort in February 2016.

During mid-winter break, from February 2-5, 2018, Solebury School will return to Okemo Mountain Resort for an extended ski trip, a great opportunity to embrace winter with other Solebury skiiers and snowboarders! Here are the details, a permission form, and another form that needs to be signed and handed in along with a $200 deposit. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Sargent at ssargent@solebury.org or Stacie Anastasio at sanastacio@solebury.org.

March 2017 Spring Break Trip

From March 6th to 9th, 2017, Solebury School students participated in a fun winter sports adventure to the Adirondack Mountains of New York State that included hiking, ice climbing and more. We stayed at a private lodge, Adirondack Rock and River, in Keene, NY, that was equipped with an indoor climbing wall (the back of the chimney!). See our Adirondack Trip Flyer for more details.

Rock Climbing

There’s no feeling quite like reaching the summit. Students of all abilities are welcome to join this after-school activity – no previous rock climbing experience is required! During the fall, we climb at Ralph Stover State Park High Rocks, Schwangunks and other areas. (During the winter, we do climb indoors at the Adventure Center/Rock Gym in Doylestown, PA. An additional fee is required for indoor climbing.)

Outdoor Club

Members of this club take part in noncompetitive outdoor activities, from canoeing to hiking -- students hit the towpath located next to the Delaware River (either the Pennsylvania or New Jersey side) and try to cover anywhere from 2 to 4.5 miles per day. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join us!

Solebury Snow Sports (SSS)

Complementing our big ski trip (see above), we will take three day trips to Blue Mountain Resort in the Poconos during the 2016-2017 academic year. For each trip, we will leave school around 7:30am, drive up and spend the day skiing, and return around dinnertime. If you're interested in any of these trips, please contact Stacie Anastasio at sanastasio@solebury.org or Sarah Sargent at ssargent@solebury.org for details. In addition to these trips, SSS incorporates winter fun right here on campus, from snowshoeing to "snowman crafting" to "snowball engineering."

SEAC – Solebury’s Environmental Action Corps

For those with a passion for the environment, this club is a great way to advocate on its behalf. Members encourage conservation here at Solebury, as well as promote an awareness of the environmental issues facing the world today. We bring in speakers and have events on weekends. We are particularly proud to have been the driving force behind the school’s environmental improvements over the last decade, including improved recycling policies, composting in the dining hall and the creation of a community garden.

About the Program Director

Jared Levy is an experienced outdoor educator. For four summers at Lake Owego Camp in Greeley, PA, he was a counselor for lake activities, rock climbing and hiking. In that time, he led two 100-mile canoe trips on the Delaware River, taught campers how to rock climb – both on adventure courses and excursions to the ’Gunks in New York – and chaperoned overnight camping trips in the local area. He’s also an outdoor adventurer, having hiked the Shenandoah section of the Appalachian Trail and sections of the Grand Canyon, as well as having explored many of the natural wonders in his father's adopted home country of New Zealand. He enjoys experiencing the outdoors with the Solebury community and sharing what he’s learned. Jared is certified in wilderness first-aid.

If you have questions about any of the above trips or activities, please email Jared at jlevy@solebury.org.

"This trip was everything I expected and more. The unique friendships that formed through hiking to Angel's Landing in Zion and 16 miles of the Grand Canyon will last a lifetime. We all made the most out of every situation, from watery pancakes to hiking an extra couple miles. I will cherish the hours we spent in the car jamming out to music and the late-night talks we had in the tent. I can't imagine spending my senior year spring break any other way." —SOFIA GIANGRASSO '16, SPRING BREAK TRIP 2016