200 Lake Road, Wildwood, MO 63005
Call or text us at 636.891.6644
Trek and Travel Programs
Trek and Travel


​​​The Trek and Travel program delivers opportunities to connect classroom learning to the outside world through adventure, science and self-discovery.  Trips are designed to maximize learning through concrete, experiential lessons aligned with school curricula. Using cooperative teaching methods, certified teachers work in partnership with place based learning centers to capitalize on the unique geographic locations and provide a connection between the trip experience and the lessons in the classroom.

All Trek and Travel programs are intentionally designed to help build skills needed throughout student’s lives. They present the opportunity to meet people from other schools, make new friends and improve social skills. Traveling away from home and trying new and challenging activities helps students build confidence and develop independence. Hands-on experience catching salamanders or hiking mountain trails helps students develop respect for the natural world and a greater understanding of their place within it.

All trips, with the exception of Smoky Mountain Adventure, are open to students from all districts, including those attending private and parochial schools.

Available Trips​

Ozark Rocks: A parent/child overnight trip for St. Louis area 4th grade families
Smoky Mountains Adventure: For current fifth grade Rockwood students
Great Lakes Voyage: For all St. Louis area students entering grades 6-8
Atlantic Coastal Quest: For all St. Louis area students entering grades 9-10​​

Trip Pictures

​Curious to see what Trek and Travel trips look like? Check out pictures from trips here

In the Press​

​Check out this great article in Terrain Magazine about our Trek and Travel trips (go to pages 36-40)

Parent Information Meetings​

Join us for an option meeting to learn more about the trips, meet some of the trip staff and get answers to your questions.

Great Lakes Voyage and Atlantic Coastal Quest
Parkway Central Middle | October 2 | 7 p.m. 
Rockwood Admin Annex | September 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Crestview Middle Theater | October 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Smoky Mountains Adventure
Rockwood Admin Annex | September 18 | 6 p.m.
Crestview Middle Theater | October 10 | 6 p.m

Parent Testimonial​

Chuck and Dan Manternach have enjoyed trips with their children Nathaniel, Patrick and Madeline to the Ozark Rocks and have also sent Nathaniel and Patrick on the Smoky Mountains Adventure and Great Lakes Voyage trips in the past.  Hear why they are such big believers in the Trek and Travel program.


Bus-Image---300px.jpgAll trips travel by charter bus which are equipped with restrooms, DVD players and flat screen monitors. Bus drivers are background checked and all trips are designed to comply with the federal driver regulations that set drive time limits for each driver.

Housing and Meals

CabinImage-300px.jpgTrip housing ranges from tents to hotel room style facilities. The majority of trips will utilize a heated dormitory style facility with bunk beds, adjacent restrooms and showers. While at each facility, balanced meals are provided by trained food service staff and mealtime is used to encourage responsibility and conservation. Dietary restriction and allergies can be accommodated.


CommEd_Main_Tag-LearningandFun_300px.jpgRegistration for Trek and Travel trips is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register now for Ozark Rocks online. Registration for the Smoky Mountains Adventure, Great Lakes Voyage and Atlantic Coatal Quest opens October 28 at 9 a.m. 

Register online!​​​

Trip Staff

The Trek and Travel program is managed by Kevin Zimmer. He is responsible for planning, designing, staffing and leading all trips. He has over 15 years of experience in trip management and has led 36 trips for the Trek and Travel program since 2011. His favorite ice cream flavor is Ted Drews Fudge Sundae. See why he loves what he does in this video.

Trip Chaperones

Last year, nearly 70 chaperones made it possible for 650 students to take learning from the classrom to the trails through our Trek and Travel Trips. 

Learn more about being a trip chaperone​.

If you are interested in being a trip chaperone please contact Kevin Zimmer at zimmerkevin@prcommunityed.org.


Babler Outdoor Education Center
200 Lake Road
Wildwood, MO 63005

Call or text us at 636.891.6644


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