Our 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 of our trips 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.
Smoky Mountains Adventure
Great Lakes Voyage
STEM in the Smokies
Atlantic Coastal Quest
Presidential Inauguration 2021 - CANCELED
An opportunity to witness the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. for Parkway and Rockwood students in grades 9-12 in the 2020-21 school year.
Important update: The Presidential Inauguration 2021 Trip has been canceled. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and is consistent with both Parkway and Rockwood School District efforts to reduce large group activities in an effort to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 in our school communities in the coming school year. Learn more about the Presidential Inauguration Trip.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All trips travel by charter buses 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 & Meals
Trip housing ranges from tents to hotel room style facilities. The majority of trips will utilize a heated dormitory-style facilities 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 restrictions and allergies can be accommodated.
Our program is managed by 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.
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. If you are interested in being a trip chaperone please contact Kevin Zimmer at email@example.com