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 fifth grade Rockwood students
Great Lakes Voyage: For all St. Louis area students currently in grades 5-7
Atlantic Coastal Quest: For all St. Louis area students currently in grades 8-9
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 4 | 6 p.m.
Rockwood Admin Annex | October 10 | 7:30 p.m.
Crestview Middle Theater | October 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Smoky Mountains Adventure
Rockwood Admin Annex | October 10 | 6 p.m.
Crestview Middle Theater | October 18 | 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 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
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 Smoky Mountains Adventure, Great Lakes Voyage and Atlantic Coatal Quest opens October 28 at 9 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.