Outdoor Education


In addition to the Quest Leadership and Wilderness Pre-Orientation program, Trinity also offers students, faculty, and staff options to learn from adventure and challenge with Outdoor Education. 


Hartford and the surrounding environment provide a unique opportunity for students to explore and experience outdoor and experiential pursuits in close proximity to Trinity's urban campus. Outdoor Education at Trinity  provides opportunities for  students to participate and lead outdoor skills clinics and expeditions while learning how to make informed decisions leading peers in wilderness settings. 


Leadership Development

Get involved; teach outdoor skills clinics or be an instructor with the tripping program. Student led wilderness trips are offered throughout each semester. Lead and Assistant Instructors have the opportunity to plan and lead outdoor trips throughout New England with Outdoor Education.  



This course will develop competent student leaders using field experiences to study effective leadership practices. This course will engage students in discussions and practical experiences focused on leadership skills necessary to effectively lead in the outdoor field. Student leaders will work to develop their personal leadership skills through a series of lectures, labs, and group activities. This course will culminate with a final field-based expedition where students will plan, facilitate, and lead each other. Leadership topics will be taught in three categories including: Hard Skills, Soft Skills, and Meta Skills.


Skills Clinics

Outdoor Education (OE) offers courses in a variety of outdoor activities. Orienteering, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, and fire building are a few of the clinic possibilities.


Periodically, OE will offer programs to further reaching destinations outside our normal adventuring venues of southern New England. Canoe trips to the Florida Everglades, Mountaineering in Mexico, Rock Climbing in the Southwestern Desert, and Backpacking in Southern Appalachia are to name but a few. These expeditions occur during academic recesses, typically during spring, winter, or summer breaks. 


Upcoming Trips Include:

  • Canoeing in the Florida Everglades: January, 12th - January, 20th 2018

  • Hiking and rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park: March, 10th - March, 17th 2018


Spring 2017 Trips


Spring 2017 trip descriptions 

Team Building

Open to all students, faulty and staff to build the components of a successful team. The OE program can help facilitate the bonding process to help your team, residence hall, or department form connectedness and work on collaboration. We work both on-campus and off using outdoor resources to aid in the group development process. 




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For more information contact:

Kevin Johnson
Director of QUEST and Recreation 
Phone: (860) 297-5102
Fax: (860) 297-2021
kevin.johnson@trincoll.edu ​