Trojan Outdoor Experience

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;
  • to promote the development of wide, constructive interests by enabling students to explore and pursue varied activities in the natural world;
  • to help TVS students become responsible global citizens who recognize their role of stewardship to others and to their environment; and
  • to strengthen the development of strong moral character through outdoor, experiential learning.

Overview of the Trojan Outdoor Experience at Trinity Valley School

The Trojan Outdoor Experience (TOE) Program engages students in outdoor adventure, environmental education, and wilderness expedition programming. The program as a whole is voluntary, but participation is strongly recommended, expected, and a large part of the school culture. TOE has been a key fixture on our campus since the late 1970s. It helps facilitate learning primarily through outdoor experiences that serve to help students better understand and respect themselves, their peers, and the natural world. The TOE program is supported throughout all departments and has one full-time faculty member serving as director throughout the calendar year. Activities range from full class trips (TOE Core), included in tuition, to specialty trips both domestic and abroad (TOE Beyond) that are offered at an extra cost. Additionally, there are skill-specific mini-courses (TOE Select) offered in several outdoor areas throughout the year and numerous weekly small- to large-class interactions through either specific programs or initiatives/requests by faculty. Finally, the TOE program manages the Trojan Challenge Course on the Trinity Valley School campus.

TOE CALENDAR 2019-2020

TOE CORE:

Kindergarten
October 18, 2019
Trinity Valley School - Fort Worth, TX

First Grade
May 1, 2020
River Legacy Science Center - Arlington, TX

Second Grade
April 23, 2020
Fort Worth Nature Center - Fort Worth, TX

Third Grade
March 27-28, 2020
Cleburne SP/TVS - Cleburne, TX

Fourth Grade
April 16-17, 2020
Meridian SP/Dino Valley SP - Meridian, TX

Fifth Grade
September 11-13, 2019
Lake Mineral Wells SP - Mineral Wells, TX

Sixth Grade
September 24-27, 2019
Camp Eagle - Rocksprings, TX

Seventh Grade CANCELED
March 30-April 3, 2020
Enchanted Rock - Llano, TX & 7th Grade History trip

Eighth Grade
October 19-25, 2019
Shenandoah Valley - VA./WVA./MD. & 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip

Ninth Grade
May 5-8, 2020
Buttermilk Creek Ranch - Salado, TX


Twelfth Grade
November 10-12, 2019
Buttermilk Creek Ranch - Salado, TX


TOE SELECT:

TBD
 

TOE BEYOND:

Upper School
July 14-27, 2019
Austrian Alps - AUS./GER.

BLAKE AMOS

Director of Experiential Education
amosb@trinityvalleyschool.org


MACKENZIE WILSON

Assistant Director of Experiential Education
wilsonm@trinityvalleyschool.org

Twitter

PHOTOS/VIDEOS FROM OUR ADVENTURES

Join the TOE Booster Club!

The TOE Booster Club is an organization within the TVS Parents’ Club for the purpose of supporting the experiential education program. The Trojan Outdoor Experience (TOE) begins in LS, and progresses up through the ninth grade to a senior retreat in the fall. Students are introduced to a variety of activities including hiking, rock climbing, orienteering, and kayaking. The TOE program depends on support from parents. The TOE Booster Club provides support by preparing meals in the school cafeteria prior to the three large trips each year. The field kitchen is manned by parents for the seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade trips. In addition to these tasks, parents volunteer to help with grocery shopping and to assist in maintenance of the equipment used by TOE.