OverviewThe 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.
Ozark Rocks: A parent/child overnight trip for St. Louis area 4th grade families
Smoky Mountains Adventure: For current 5th grade Rockwood students
Great Lakes Voyage: For all St. Louis area students entering grades 6th thru 8th
Curious to see what Trek and Travel trips look like? Check out pictures from trips here.
In the PressCheck 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
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.
All trips travel by charter bus which is 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
Trip 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.
Registration 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 other trips opens October 5. Registration for Smoky Mountains Adventure opens at 9 a.m. Registration for the Great Lakes Voyage, STEM in the Smoky Mountains, Atlantic Coastal Quest and the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Trip open October 5th at 10 a.m.
The Trek and Travel program is managed by Kevin Zimmer. He is responsible for planning, designing, staffing and leading all trips. He has over 23 years of experience in trip management and has led 70 trips for the Trek and Travel program since 2011. His favorite ice cream flavor is Ted Drews Hot Fudge Sundae. See why he loves what he does in this video.
Last year, nearly 70 chaperones made it possible for 650 students to take learning from the classroom 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.