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Trojan Outdoor Experience

Trojan Outdoor Experience (TOE) Mission

The objectives of the Trojan Outdoor Experience (TOE) program are to increase, primarily through outdoor adventure-based activities, the respect students have for themselves, each other, and the natural world, while learning through authentic experiences; and thus to support the School’s overall mission.

Specifically, TOE seeks to:
  • support fine scholarship by modeling, teaching, and practicing individual and group-based decision making and by guiding students through reflective evaluation of their learning. TOE seeks to help students learn more deeply by providing opportunities for hands-on experiences that have immediate consequential feedback regardless of the field of study;

  • promote the development of wide, constructive interests by enabling students to explore and pursue varied activities in the natural world;

  • help students become responsible global citizens who recognize their role of stewardship from their environment to communities across the world; and

  • strengthen the development of strong moral character through group problem-solving in experiential learning that provides tangible learning outcomes and meaningful personal connections.

Overview of the TOE experience at Trinity Valley School

The Trojan Outdoor Experience (TOE) Program engages students in outdoor adventure, environmental education, experiential learning, and wilderness expedition programming. The program involves events that range from expected to voluntary participation throughout a student's career at TVS.

TOE has been a key fixture on our campus since 1980 and helps facilitate learning through primarily outdoor experiences which serve to help students better understand and respect themselves, their peers, and the natural world. A major goal of every event is creating, deepening, and nurturing class culture.  

The TOE program is supported through all departments and has two full-time faculty members serving as director and assistant director; there is one part-time medical supervisor.  

Programs generally fall into three categories: TOE Core, TOE Select, and TOE Beyond.

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Blake Amos, Director of Experiential Education

Blake Amos
Director of Experiential Education


Szalen Ellis, Assistant Director of Experiential Education

Szalan Ellis
Assistant Director of Experiential Education


Ever wondered what a TOE Beyond Trip is like?

Thank you to TVS student Travis Zavaleta for putting together this awesome video of our Colorado Summer 2021 trip!