Bible-based Outdoor Education in the heart of the Pocono Mountains

At Spruce Lake, we offer a thorough outdoor education program that shows students the miracles of God’s creation. Here, learning is an adventure, a discovery, a celebration, and knowledge grounded in biblical truth.

Our mission at Spruce Lake Outdoor School is to provide Christ-centered discoveries in an outdoor setting through experiential learning opportunities for participants of all ages.

Bring your Christian school or homeschool group to Spruce Lake this year for a memorable day or overnight outdoor education trip.

Christian School Groups

Bring your middle or high school students to Spruce Lake for a retreat they won’t forget!

Team building activities, compelling lessons on wildlife and outdoor skills, and dorm-style camping makes for a unique learning experience that is the highlight of the school year.

Receive a hearty 13 1/2 hours of instruction in a typical 3-day program that is boldly experiential and confidently Christ-centered. Our entire curriculum (over 30 classes and activities) complements your own study areas, as well as teaching concepts of leadership, personal growth and spiritual development.

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For local homeschool families and co-ops in grades 4-12, we offer a wide range of curriculum for your group. Experience and learn about nature at Spruce Lake with your children. One to three-day stays can be customized to fit the specific needs of your homeschool group or association.

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Outdoor Education Curriculum

Our team of outdoor educators offer flexible curriculum based on the season and your group’s needs and goals. These programs include:

  • Adventure Program – High and low ropes courses, zip line, rock climbing, and bouldering
  • Animal Life – Ecology, exploring animal habitats, and signs of animals in the winter
  • Outdoor Skills – Fire building, orienteering, and outdoor coking
  • Forest & Aquatic Communities – Detailed studies into specific ecosystms
  • Evening Activities – Tubing, wagon ride, pool, and outdoor night games


For Parents & Leaders

Visit our Resources page to see curriculum options, download student forms, and register your group.


Outdoor education retreats are available during the fall, winter, and spring for 1-3 night overnight trips. Group lodging is provided in our Wilderness Camp or Retreat Center rooms.

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About Us

Spruce Lake Outdoor School is a Christ-centered educational ministry of Spruce Lake Retreat in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Our property — over 800 acres of woods, fields, and mountain streams — is the perfect setting for discovering and learning about God’s created world.



Schedule Your Outdoor Education Program Today

To find available dates for your group’s outdoor education program, give us a call at 570-595-7505. Our team will answer any questions you have, discuss curriculum options, and schedule your group for your desired date. You can also fill out our Outdoor School contact form and our staff will be in touch as soon as possible.