Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains.
Subiaco’s massive campus sits in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley near the base of Mt. Magazine, Arkansas’ tallest mountain. Along with our own private outdoor playground, our campus is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Arkansas River, two state parks, and two national forests. Our parent institution, Subiaco Abbey, also has a private cabin on Lake Dardenelle where organized boating excursions take place.
“Let Nature be your teacher.”
A high school program with a small college feel.
The Subiaco Outdoor Adventure Program is a student-centric organization lead by a trained outdoor education specialist. Whether it be after school or on the weekend, day students and boarders alike can partake in all that the natural state has to offer. Subiaco’s own campus has outdoor amenities for kayaking and canoeing, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and much more. Our campus sits adjacent to the Ouachita National Forest, an area rich with pristine wilderness and plenty to explore. With our equipment, expertise, and campus, the Outdoor Adventure Program is something few high schools have to offer.
“In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. Nature says, ‘he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me.’”
Academic success through outdoor education.
Students that participate in outdoor education tend to show better grades. more consistent attendance, better standardized test scores, and improvements in their emotional, mental, and physical health. Time spent outside is also time not spent in front of a screen, and at Subiaco, time spent outside is time spent with their friends to build their relationships and develop social skills. Outdoors play a key role in student well-being and whole-person-development. Academics do not define who we become, but the skills and experiences from outdoor exposure at Subiaco just may.
“Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” ~ Walt Whitman
Well trained, well equipped.
Our dedicated Outdoor Education Specialist is trained in how to help our students best experience the great outdoors in a safe and comfortable manner. Our program is well-equipped to handle whatever adventure the students come up with, from tents and hammocks to climbing gear and kayaks. Coupled with Subiaco’s own private outdoor playground, the Outdoor Adventure Program is one of one-of-a-kind and instrumental to our mission of providing a well-rounded foundation for our students to succeed.