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  • Updated 3/15/2021

    Camps for the week of March 16th-18th have been canceled due to inclement weather. Make-up dates will be scheduled and are TBD. 

    For the 2020-2021 school year, we will be making some changes to Outdoor School. These changes come with our student's safety in mind.  For Outdoor School this year, we will be headed to Babler State Park to take part in a one-day event (per team) around Environmental, Ecological, and Experiential learning. There will be no cost for students to take part in this learning experience. Families will have the option to drop-off/pick-up at the park or have their student/s ride the bus out to the park/back to campus. Please be on the lookout for more information from your 6th-Grade team director.

    2021 Camp Schedule w/sample day of schedule-Updated 3/15/21

    Frequently Asked Questions 



    Below you will find more information on how camp looks in a normal year. 

    Since 1970, the Parkway Outdoor School Program has been held at Camp Lakewood located at the YMCA of the Ozarks near Potosi, Missouri.  The program was originally referred to as the E-E-E (Environmental, Ecological, Experiential) program.  Initially supported by federal funding, the program is now partially supported by district funds and partially by student fees.

    The Outdoor Program is a four-day experience designed for sixth-grade students.  While there are many fun and exciting things to do during their days at Camp Lakewood, the program's main purpose is to expose students to nature and the outdoors, using a science-based curriculum that teaches students about the natural environment and ways to protect it.  There are four core units - Water Ecology, Forest Ecology, Geology, and Wildlife Ecology - that provide hands-on, experiential learning which helps students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of environmental and ecological studies. 

    Outdoor School Site Information

    The location of Parkway Outdoor School is Camp Lakewood at the YMCA of the Ozarks, located just 80 miles southwest of St. Louis, near Potosi.  Located in Missouri's eastern Ozarks, the campus is nestled into 5,200 acres of picturesque, forest-covered hills and a 360-acre private lake.  YMCA Camp Lakewood offers overnight summer camps for kids of all ages.      

    13528 State Hwy AA
    Potosi, MO 63664
    (314) 241-9622



Contact Information

  • Eddie Mattison
    Health and Physical Education Coordinator
    (314) 415-7034

    Terry Reddy
    (314) 415-7040