Outdoor Education

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

​Upcoming Events

Wilderness First Aid Course

​In conjunction with the Quest Pre-Orientation program new instructor training in May; Recreation brings a SOLO instructor to campus to teach and certify participants in wilderness medicine. This 16hr course offered over two days covers skills, techniques, and provides tools to recognize medical issues and treat trauma patients in a backcountry setting. Click here to register: 


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. 

What We Offer

Leadership Development

Come get involved; teach outdoor skills clinics or be an instructor with the tripping program. Student-led wilderness trips are offered throughout each semester. After taking the leadership course with the PE department, Assistant Instructors have the opportunity to plan and lead outdoor trips in southern New England for the Outdoor Education Program. 

PHED 155 OLP Course Description below:

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. 


Team Building

Open to all students, faculty, 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 collaborating with one another. 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
Quest Director
300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 297-5102
Fax: (860) 297-2021
kevin.johnson@trincoll.edu ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​