"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin learning to think, and to think is the beginning of real education.” 
- David Polis
Palmer Trinity’s Experiential Education Program provides learning experiences that embrace PTS’s core values. The program seeks to help students build a sense of stewardship for the environment and see the relationship between the natural world and classroom learning. In its simplest form, Experiential Education focuses on three areas: learning about the environment, personal discovery, and working with others. By actively participating in a myriad of activities, students are challenged and encouraged to explore personal characteristics and develop important skills for leading their lives effectively. They build interpersonal skills and relationships based upon empathy and compassion for others. The program places students in unfamiliar environments to experience real-world challenges for which they must use hands-on effort and teamwork to find solutions. These experiences help students learn more about themselves, overcome self-imposed limitations, gain self-confidence, and learn responsibility.

South Florida is home to a bounty of natural and cultural wonders. Through team-building exercises and trips to our unique South Florida ecosystems, PTS students leave the program with a stronger sense of self, others, and the world around them.

Middle School Programs

6th Grade MarineLab
MarineLab is an educational travel experience for our 6th grade students. Through introductory discussions, hands on activities and field observations, students learn about marine science and the interdependent nature of the marine ecosystem of the subtropical Florida Keys. The three days and two nights program is a popular choice for Florida schools. The first afternoon is a lagoon snorkel, followed by field trips by boat to the seagrasses, mangroves, and coral reef on the succeeding days. Evening activities are the invertebrate diversity lab, plankton identification lab, coral reef ecology and the field identification of reef fish discussions.

For more information about MarineLab visit marinelab.org.

7th Grade Camp Sparta
The 7th Grade Spiritual Growth and Leadership Camp is a three days and two nights educational program that nurtures interfaith values, builds confidence, increases self-acceptance, and grows lasting friendships. Students will participate in team building initiatives such as the ropes course and take part in evening reflections and morning meditations. In the ropes course, students will have to work together and will understand the meaning of effective communication, strategic planning, and leadership to overcome challenges. During reflection, students will be looking inward and outward and learn the moral fiber needed to be a leader in the world. Morning meditation will help students gain access to their own powerful inner resources for coping effectively with stress. The meditation will teach students how to be in their lives, how to respond to problems, and how to experience emotions appropriately in healthy ways rather than trying to escape them. Visit our Camp Sparta Blog to read about and see photos of the trip.  

For more information about Camp Sparta visit www.campsparta.com.

8th Grade Deering Estate
The Preserving Environmental Ethics through Learning program (PEEL) is a multidisciplinary two-day program taught at Deering Estate at Cutler, incorporating South Florida History, Archaeology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. The main purpose of the program is to create awareness of the delicate interaction between humans and their environment through the study of past, present, and future cultures. The students are submerged in the world of Tekesta, Early Settlers, and the present day, while visiting archeological sites, walking through historical houses, and hiking, snorkeling, and canoeing in the natural areas at the Estate.

For more information about Deering Estate at Cutler visit deeringestate.com.

Upper School Programs

9th Grade Outward Bound
The 9th Grade Outward Bound course is designed for those students who are looking to improve their leadership skills, are interested in challenging themselves and are open to discovering the lifelong benefits and perspective that only wilderness travel with Outward Bound can offer. Students will be expeditioning by canoe through the Ten Thousand Islands of Southern Florida. They will be leaving base on the first day; packed with all of the food and gear needed for extended outdoor travel, and will not return to base until the last day of course. This five-day course provides a unique opportunity for students to deepen their appreciation for one another and strengthen their bonds with the help of challenging and unique wilderness activities like canoeing, chart reading, and sleeping and eating on white sandy beaches under a blanket of stars.

For more information about North Carolina Outward Bound visit www.ncobs.org.

10th Grade Disney Youth Education Series
Disney Youth Education Series programs take place in the information-rich setting of the Disney Parks in Florida to give our 10th grade students –and their teachers– a hands-on, educational adventure. Students will discover Magic Kingdom Park from a new angle as they learn the inner workings of their favorite rides and shows. During hands-on experiments in this 3-hour academic adventure students work together to test potential and kinetic energy, centripetal force and vertical and lateral acceleration just as Disney attraction engineers do during the ride design process.

For more information about Disney Youth visit www.disneyyouth.com.

RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program
Directed by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD) is a joint initiative of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. The mission of RJD is to advance ocean conservation and scientific literacy by conducting cutting edge scientific research and providing innovative and meaningful outreach opportunities for students through exhilarating hands-on research and virtual learning experiences in marine biology. Opportunities are made available for our students at Palmer Trinity School. One of the core components of the RJD Program is providing experiential learning opportunities to young adults. Tag a shark, plant a coral, measure a mangrove, the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program provides educational experiences to groups of high school students year-round. Your class will take an active role in real scientific projects, learn the scientific method, and assist in protecting threatened marine resources.
8001 SW 184 Street, Miami, FL 33157
Tel: 305.251.2230 | Fax: 305.251.2917
An independent, college preparatory, co-ed, Episcopal day school serving a community of students grades 6-12.