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1401 Froesel Drive, Ellisville, MO 63011 · Phone 636.891.6644 ·

The Great Lakes Voyage takes students entering middle school to the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Great Lakes Voyage


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Travel to the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota to visit Wolf Ridge Environmental Education Center. During this week-long voyage we will ignite our adventurous side as we canoe, hike, rock climb, competitively orienteer and zip through the trees on the challenge courses. We’ll investigate the Split Rock Lighthouse on the shores of Lake Superior and discover the shipwrecks​ that led to its construction.  We’ll maximize gravity as we go flying downhill on Alpine Coasters and take a step back in history to discover how Voyageurs made a living in the North Woods.

This trip is planned and led by our trip manager, Kevin Zimmer. He is responsible for planning, designing, staffing and leading all trips. He been planning trips since 1987 and has led nearly 100 trips for the Trek and Travel program since 2011. It is chaperoned by district teachers, administrators and staff. This trip is open to all students in grades 6-8, including those who attend public or parochial schools.

2020 Trip Canceled

We are sad to announce that the Great Lakes Voyage trip scheduled for July 19-25 has been canceled.  We were recently notified by the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Minnesota that they have canceled all programs at their facility this summer due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We do not anticipate being able to reschedule the trip this summer.  All families will receive a full refund. 

While we are sad that the trip has to be canceled this year, we look forward to holding the trip again next summer and hope that you will consider joining us.  Watch for more information coming in our Fall program guide with trip details.

Questions? Community Ed staff will be working remotely and can be reached Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. via the following methods:


$745  | A $195 deposit is due at time of registration.  
The fee has been set to meet the district requirement that all trips are self-funded and fees cover the cost for all expenses. Limited fee assistance is available to those who qualify on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. Contact​ or call 636-891-6644 for more fee assistance information. 


The Great Lakes Voyage is open to all students in grades 6-8 for the 2020-21 school year, including those who attend private or parochial schools. Regis​trations must be submitted by the parent or legal guardian for the child. 

Register online now.

About Online Registration: In order to register online, you will need to create an account in the Community Ed 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.​

​Travel and Lodging Accommodations

We will travel by charter coach to the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.  Our accommodations at Wolf Ridge include dormitory style housing, a full service cafeteria, outdoor classroom facilities and indoor classroom sp​ace. 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 cafeteria style. Many allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please contact Kevin Zimmer at or call 636-458-3048 for more information.

Class Instruction

Wolf Ridge instructors partner with Trek and Travel chaperones to lead students through classes that explore the unique environment of the North Shore, develop leadership skills and build teamwork amongst students. The staff at Wolf Ridge have a passion for sharing their knowledge with our students.

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, Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed Inclusion Specialist, at 636-891-6639 or​