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This is a field-based program with substantial time spent outdoors. All students must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes when in the field. We also recommend you wear a hat, dress in layers, and bring substantial sunscreen and insect repellant.

All students are expected to bring the items listed below:

Residence Hall Room

  • Extra blanket (optional)
  • Extra towels and washcloths (optional)
  • Personal toiletries

Clothing and Accessories

Summer in Front Royal is hot and humid, with cooler evenings and occasional rain.

  • Clothing appropriate for field work in all conditions. These should be clothes that are OK to get dirty; you’ll be moving through forests, fields, and rivers!
  • Pants (jeans are fine, but no leggings or skinny jeans)
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Short-sleeved shirt
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Long socks
  • Hiking boots or athletic shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Sleepwear
  • Sweatshirt for cooler evenings

Field Gear

  • Insect repellant for ticks and mosquitos
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle

Other Items to Consider

  • Computer/laptop (at your own risk, as there is no locked storage available)
  • Digital camera
  • Alarm clock
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook/pen
  • Drawing/colored pencils
  • Water shoes/old shoes for getting wet
  • Money for souvenirs from field trip locations