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The Smoky Mountains Adventure takes 5th grade Rockwood students  into the Great Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountains Adventure


​​Important Smoky Mountains Adventure Update 

Updated March 9, 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the following Smoky Mountains Adventure trips have been canceled:

  • ​Trip 2: March 27-30: Ballwin, Fairway and Green Pines
  • Trip 3: April 3-6: Babler, Chesterfield and Pond
  • Trip 4: April 17-20: Bowles, Kellison, Stanton and Uthoff Valley
  • Trip 5: May 1-4: Blevins, Eureka, Geggie
  • Trip 6: May 15-18, 2020: Ridge Meadows, Wild Horse, Woerther

All families will receive a full refund. The refund will be sent to the payment method utilized when registering. We are continuing to review the status of Trips 5 & 6 and will provide updates to families as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact us at or text us at 636-891-6644. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.​

Exciting Offer for Smoky Mountains Trip Students
We've made an additional 36 spaces available on our Great Lakes Voyage trip this summer and are offering them to students whose Smoky Mountains Trip was canceled on a first come, first serve basis.  The Great Lakes Voyage, for students entering grades 6-8 next school year, will travel to the North Shore of Lake Superior July 19-25 for an action-packed week of canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, zip lining through the trees and more.  Learn more about the Great Lakes Voyage and register today.


Smoky Mountains Adventure 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Current fifth grade Rockwood students will venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for an adventure-packed, science based four day trip. Explore the wilderness, search for wildlife, learn about the environment, and develop leadership skills!

During our adventure, students will hike to a mountain waterfall while developing science skills along the way, collect and release specimens in different habitats to compare their characteristics and embark on an all day hike exploring a unique mountain ecosystem. Adventures and discovery continue in the evening during a night hike to learn about nocturnal adaptations, and friendships are formed during good old-fashioned campfire programs!

Each trip is planned and led by our trip manager with several years of trip leading experience and chaperoned by Rockwood School District teachers, administrators and staff. Many of our chaperones have participated in the Smoky Mountains Adventure in the past and enjoy leading students on this unique experience each school year!

2020 Trip Dates

  1. Feb. 28-March 2, 2020: Ellisville, Kehrs Mill, Westridge
    Bus departs evening of February 27 from Kehrs Mill Elementary, 2650 Kehrs Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
  2. March 27-30, 2020: Ballwin, Fairway, Green Pines - CANCELED
  3. April 3-6, 2020: Babler, Chesterfield, Pond - CANCELED
  4. April 17-20, 2020: Bowles, Kellison, Stanton, Uthoff Valley - CANCELED
  5. May 1-4, 2020: Blevins, Eureka, Geggie - CANCELED
  6. May 15-18, 2020: Ridge Meadows, Wild Horse, Woerther - CANCELED


$599 | A $199 deposit is due at time of registration. Limited fee assistance is available to those who qualify on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. Contact​ or 636-891-6644 for more fee assistance information.​

Note: The fee for the trip is set to meet the district requirement that all trips are self-funded and fees cover the cost for all expenses.


The Smoky Mountains Adventure is open to all fifth grade students currently enrolled at a Rockwood School District Elementary school. Registrations must be submitted by the parent or legal guardian for the child.

Register now for the Smoky Mountains Adventure.
Please note: trip 1 and trip 5 are the only ones without  a wait list.

About Online Registration: In order to register online, you will need to create an account in the our online registration system (if you do not already have one). In addition, your child must be added to your account prior to registering him/her for the trip program. 
Important: Each trip can accommodate a maximum of 120 students. If your school’s trip sells out, you may sign up for a waitlist through the online registration system (your deposit will not be processed while you are on the waitlist).  If no space opens on your school’s trip, there may be an opportunity to be placed on another Rockwood elementary school’s trip (depending on space availability). There is no guarantee that all students will be placed on a trip.

​Travel and Lodging Accommodations

We will travel by charter coach to the Tremont Institute inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our accommodations at Tremont Institute include dormitory style housing, a full service cafeteria, outdoor classroom facilities and indoor lab space. Students will be housed and supervised in single gender dorms which are equipped with heat, restrooms and showers. Meals are student friendly with healthy options and are served family style in the cafeteria.​  Many allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please contact Kevin Zimmer at or call 636-458-3048 for more information. Learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont​ (GSMIT)​.

Class Instruction

Tremont instructors partner with Rockwood teachers to lead students through classes that explore the unique environment of the Smokies, develop leadership skill and build teamwork amongst students. The staff at Tremont have a passion for sharing their knowledge with our students!

Pre-Trip Meetings

Join us for a pre-trip meeting to learn more about the trip, meet some of the chaperones, ask questions, pick up your t-shirt and drop off paperwork​.

  • Trips 1-3: February 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Marquette High School
  • Trips 4-6: March 24, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Rockwood Summit Theater 

Important Information

View a suggested packing list.

View our informational meeting presentation.

Departure Information

Students should arrive at the departure location for check-in between 8:15–9:15 p.m. on Thursday evening of their trip (see trip dates above).
Upon arrival, leave your luggage in the car and proceed inside to complete the check-in process.
Boarding (motor coaches) will start at 9 p.m. and chaperones will supervise loading of luggage and students (parents are not allowed on bus).
Buses are scheduled to depart at 9:30 p.m.

Return Information

Buses are scheduled to return to the departure location at 5:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon (see trip dates). This is an approximate arrival time; actual arrival time will depend upon several factors, including traffic.
On return day, up-to-date return time will be posted on our Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Students will remain on the bus until a parent (or designated person) checks out their student with a trip chaperone.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made to afford students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate. If a parent believes that his/her child will need accommodations, a form will need to be completed to initiate planning. To obtain a copy of the form, please contact Katelyn Brieden, our Inclusion Specialist, at 636-891-6639 or