Taking advantage of DC's hiking trails, green spaces, and historic neighborhoods, UAS designs experiential learning programs that supplement curricula for students in under-resourced public schools. An ecology unit comes to life through a neighborhood exploration of local species; a history lesson about "Black Broadway" unfolds along the U Street Corridor. UAS partners with local organizations to create hundreds of programs incorporating team building activities, hands-on experiments, field trips, and reflection and relaxation time. Programs take place during and after school, when schools are closed during the school year, and in the summer. For students who often lack access to outdoor learning experiences, programs are free or available at highly subsidized rates. UAS serves more than 1,300 students annually across a full range of academic subjects. Our city is a rich resource for learning and UAS ensures more young people can experience it.

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