Outdoor Education

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



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 in and lead outdoor skills clinics and expeditions while learning how to make informed decisions leading peers in wilderness settings. 



Leadership Development 

Get involved by leading outdoor trips! 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.    

PHED 155 OLP - 0.5 credits

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 Classes

PHED 105 Rock Climbing I - 0.25 credits

Introduction to Rock Climbing. This class takes place at the Glastonbury rock climbing gym. Students will learn how to use a harness, tie knots and belay a climber. All equipment will be provided. Introduction to movement skills in an indoor environment will be introduced. Students who take this class will become belay certified at the Central Rock Glastonbury gym.

PHED 205 Rock Climbing II - 0.25 credits 

Upon successful completion of Rock Climbing I, student can enroll in Rock Climbing II, which will introduce students to several advanced techniques of the sport. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to lead climb in an indoor environment. If the weather permits, this class may have the opportunity to go outside. Students must be belay certified or have completed Rock Climbing I to enroll in this course.

Wilderness First Aid and CPR course

This certification course is taught by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) each May. If you plan to work or recreate in the outdoors this 16hr. course is a great way to learn about wilderness medicine using Trinity's beautiful urban campus as our labaratory. Several of the basic skills covered in the WFA course include: response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies, survival skills, soft tissue injuries, and medical emergencies. 


Weekend Trips

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

Fall 2018 Trips

  1. Rock Climbing, overnight: Friday, September 14th -  Saturday, September 15th 
  2. Canoeing on the Farmington River, Saturday, September 22nd 


Periodically, OE will offer programs to farther-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 Death Valley National Park are to name but a few. These expeditions occur during academic recesses, typically during spring, winter, or summer breaks. 

2018/2019 extended trips schedule:

  1. Trinity Days Canoe trip in the Adiriondack State Park: October 6th - 8th
  2. Trinity Days Backpacking trip in the Adirondack State Park: October 6th - 8th  
  3. Winter Break wilderness canoe trip, Florida Everglades National Park: January, 12th - 19th 
  4. Spring Break trip, climbing and hiking around the southwest desert of AZ (Sedona and Phoenix), March 16th - 23rd 

Previous Outdoor Education trips:


Team Building

Open to all students, faculty and staff to build 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. 


Equipment Rental

Trinity College's Outdoor Education program has a variety of equipment available to borrow, free of charge. Our equipment is available for all current Trinity students, faculty, and staff. Some of our equipment includes backpacks, sleeping bags, ground pads, water bottles, etc.   

How to Borrow Equipment: Fill out the Equipment Check-Out Form and return to the Recreation office. Equipment check-out forms must be recieved at least 48 hours in advance of equipment pick-up. Current Trinity ID must be presented when picking up equipment. 

Equipment Returns: Equipment must be returned within 2 weeks of rental. If you need equipment for a longer period of time, contact the Recreation office to arrange a different return date (not guaranteed). All equipment must be returned clean, dry, and in working condition. The Recreation equipment managers will inspect all equipment for damages upon its return. The borrower assumes all responsibility for any damaged, lost, or stolen equipment and will be charged for its replacement.        

Equipment Room Location:
Ferris Athletic Center, Unit D equipment room



OE Forms:

OE Medical Form
OE Assumption of Risk Agreement


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For more information contact:

Kevin Johnson
Recreation & Quest Director
Phone: (860) 297-5102
Fax: (860) 297-2021