• Several Trinity School of Midland high school students climbing up a cliff wearing harnesses and helmets.
Student Life

Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning experiences provide off-campus learning opportunities that complement the mission of the School. These trips are intentional and developmentally appropriate and are a foundational element of the Trinity School of Midland experience because of their unique educational, team-building, and memory-making value. Students in Grade Five – Grade Twelve are expected to participate. The cost of the trip is included in tuition, though parents may provide money for incidentals.

Trips by Grade Level

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  • Grade Five

    Grade Five students travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, NM, to explore the more than 119 caverns hidden beneath the Chihuahuan Desert. The caves formed from sulfuric acid and dissolved limestone. The students will enjoy a relaxing evening and night at Washington Ranch before heading to McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park to gain a deeper understanding of the landforms and ecosystem of this unique location. The guided hike allows students to learn the history, geography, ecology, and diversity of the Canyon. This is a one night trip in the spring. 

  • Grade Six

    Grade Six students will travel to Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon, Texas, where they will stay overnight at Ceta Canyon Camp and Retreat Center. While at Palo Duro Canyon, students will take a guided hike down the Paso del Rio Trail. They will also take a jeep tour followed by dinner, singing, and storytelling. Once they arrive back at Ceta Canyon, they will visit around the campfire before calling it a night. Before returning to Midland on Friday, students will participate in their last team-building activity, including a low ropes course. They will then eat lunch at the lodge and head home. 

  • Grade Seven

    Grade Seven students travel to San Antonio, where they tour The Alamo, allowing them to delve deeper into Texas history. After their visit to The Alamo, the class heads to Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera, where they participate in several hands-on team-building activities prepared by their teachers. The students also experience Texas history stories around the campfire, a scavenger hunt, an orienteering challenge, and a horseback ride. This three-night, four-day trip continues to be one of the most memorable, enriching, and team-building experiences offered to students and is scheduled in the spring.
  • Grade Eight

    Grade Eight students attend The Outdoor School at Camp Champions in Marble Falls, Texas, for four days and three nights. The Outdoor School Education Program promotes team building and class bonding while providing opportunities for leadership in a challenging outdoor environment. Students are challenged through low and high ropes courses, reinforcing teamwork, trust, empathy, communication, and group problem-solving skills. Students also have the opportunity to hike Enchanted Rock and explore Longhorn Caverns. This trip is scheduled in the spring.
  • Grade Nine

    Grade Nine students explore and experience the historic and prehistoric cultures found across New Mexico, while participating in several different educational opportunities available there. From ancient cultures such as those found in Bandelier National Monument to the birth of the nuclear age at Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, this trip spans thousands of years of human development. Students gain appreciation for geologic and human history time scales and see how the natural environment impacts human culture and vice versa. This trip is scheduled in the spring.
  • Grade Ten

    Grade Ten students explore and experience a variety of educational and cultural opportunities available in Dallas and Fort Worth with a focus on visiting colleges in the area. Private and public institutions, as well as large and small schools, are included in the schedule to expose students to a wide range of college experiences. The college counselor accompanies students on this trip so that he can begin the conversation about finding a “just right” school with each student. This trip is scheduled in the spring.
  • Grade Eleven

    Grade Eleven students enjoy the beauty and scenery of the Texas Hill Country juxtaposed with some unique individual and group challenges at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings. Utilizing a facility nestled at the headwaters of the Nueces River, participants complete activities that help them to grow as individuals, build self-confidence, and learn to take calculated risks. This adventure is designed to help students looking ahead to their senior year and beginning the college search process and is scheduled in the spring.
  • Grade Twelve

    Grade Twelve students participate in two expeditionary learning experiences. Each fall, they participate in a retreat that purposefully sets aside time to focus on the special year ahead for seniors. During this retreat, time is spent reflecting on the “giants” that have supported each student and the experiences that have led them to this point in their lives. The retreat also provides an opportunity for seniors to strengthen bonds with one another as they begin their last year of high school. Each spring, seniors retreat once again on campus for a week exploring skills and strategies that will serve them well in their lives after graduation.

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