Drey Land

Drey Land is foundational to the school’s ecology and outdoor education programming. Generations of students have hiked into the remote camp in the Ozarks and been immersed in its beautiful and diverse landscape of ecosystems.

With local timber supplied by landowner Leo Drey ’34, seniors and faculty members built Dreyer Lodge, named in memory of James M. Dreyer (father of Jeff ’71 and Joe ’73). Dreyer Lodge was built of logs using the same construction techniques as those employed by the early settlers. The camp was dedicated in June 1971, and in August 1972 the entering seventh grade class participated in the first orientation at the camp, a program that continues today.

Currently, Drey Land supports the Burroughs biology curriculum, outdoor education, programs for incoming 7th and 9th graders, and the twelfth-grade leadership trip. During the school’s most recent strategic planning process, Drey Land was prioritized for capital improvements to better accommodate students and staff.

Identified needs include a larger lodge with handicap accessibility, more storage, ease of maintenance, improved refrigeration, a dedicated infirmary, an expanded dining room and accommodations for faculty chaperones.

To make a gift to this project, click here, or contact Amy Greenwood Dunaway ’92 at 314-993-4045, ext. 315.

The Great Outdoor Challenge

Alice Walz Galt ’70 learned of the school’s need to dramatically improve Drey Land, and made the first leadership gift to begin improvements. Although Alice never experienced Drey Land when she was a JBS student, she was inspired to make her gift because Drey Land benefits every Burroughs student and the larger school community. Alice has structured her gift to match the first $500,000 donated to this project.

A concern for nature has been central to a Burroughs education from the beginning. Our founders named the school for the American naturalist and essayist who was a key player in the evolution of the U.S conservation movement. Throughout the years, the Burroughs community has built and maintained most of the facilities, including cabins, a pavilion and a main lodge. Faculty and students have also cleared miles of trail and have been acknowledged by the National Park Service. Drey Land remains a rustic retreat that serves a dual function as a classroom and natural resource.

Drey Land

The school’s wilderness camp in the Ozarks is a valuable resource for orientation programs, biology field research, outdoor education and service outings.