An exceptional boarding school community for boys in grades nine through twelve.

Outdoor Education

Rapidan Program

    • Rapidan Program

Alpine Tower

    • Alpine Tower Challenge Course

Indoor Climbing

    • Indoor Climbing Team

Mountain Biking

    • Mountain Biking
An afternoon activity offered each fall and spring, Rapidan began in the 1970s as a way to get guys outside enjoying hiking, climbing, paddling, and enjoying nature. Participants might take a day hike along Perimeter Trail or go on an outing to nearby Shenandoah National Park. After learning kayaking safety skills in the indoor or outdoor pool, they take their boats out on the Rapidan's smooth waters or the Rappahannock's rapids. And climbing, belaying, and knot-tying are learned on rock faces both on and off campus. Another popular Rapidan activity, foraging for wild foods like pawpaws, puffball mushrooms, and chestnuts makes for a delicious wilderness meal cooked on a homemade backpacking stove.
Every third and fourth former attends a ropes course challenge day at Woodberry’s Challenge Course. Led by student Ropes Course Instructors — selected through a rigorous process and extensively trained to handle the responsibilities of leading groups and ensuring safety — the boys participate in low ropes challenge activities and tackle climbing the Alpine Tower and the Carolina Climbing Wall.  At the end of the day, boys have bonded with classmates, learned problem-solving techniques, and gained the confidence that comes from challenging themselves and succeeding.
With both Varsity and JV teams offered, Competitive Indoor Climbing challenges boys mentally and physically. Woodberry's indoor climbing gym, located on the lower level of the Leonard Dick Memorial Gymnasium, gets renewed frequently to challenge team members with new routes. Team members work on strength, flexibility, and technique so they can match their skills in "comps" at climbing facilities around the region against other teams in the Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing League.
Mountain bikers train both on Woodberry's Perimeter Trail and on nearby dedicated mountain biking trails for races against other teams in the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series in this spring sport. Sporting handsome custom biking jerseys, boys learn the techniques and get the conditioning they need to shave time off their rides and have fun out on the trail.

Outing Club

    • Outing Club

IV Form Expedition

    • IV Form Expedition

Skeet Team

    • Skeet Team

Summer Expedition

    • Summer Expedition Program
The Outing Club offers all students weekend and day trips with offerings that include camping, hiking, fly fishing, climbing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.
There is no substitute for an experience that takes boys out into nature, says Nolan LaVoie, Woodberry's director of outdoor programs and leadership development. That's why every fourth former embarks on a four day backpacking trip led by Wilderness Adventures in Eagle's Landing, Virginia. The expedition promotes class bonding while engaging boys in the transformative experiences. Rising IV form students may click here for additional information.
A lucky dozen boys spend their fall at the Julius C. Smith III '40 Sporting Clays Field and Pavilion as members of the skeet team. With friendly intrasquad competition, safety, and skill improvement as team goals, skeet has been an enduring tradition at the Forest.
Third and fourth formers interested in making a positive leadership contribution to Woodberry's outdoor education program are invited to apply for funding to participate in a summer wilderness-focused expedition.

Literary Collection

Containing 160 titles and housed in the William H. White Library, Woodberry’s Adventure Literary Collection offers boys a chance to experience outdoor adventure through literature.  A bookplate inside each book reads, “Gift of Herb Kincey, WFS class of 1953; To inspire readers to take on physical challenges, to seek out adventure, and to explore wild places.”

Adventure Literary Collection Titles

Indoor Climbing

    • Indoor Climbing

Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.