Adventure and Challenge
The TREK Program introduces each student to a variety of outdoor activities including:
- hiking and backpacking
- ocean kayaking
- rock climbing
- cycle touring
- back-country (Telemark) skiing
- cross-country (Nordic) skiing
- essential outdoor skills (minimum impact camping, outdoor cooking, first aid, map & compass, weather interpretation, snow shelter construction, avalanche assessment & risk reduction)
We provide instruction in the safe and proper means of participating in each of these activities, to give students the basis for a lifetime of outdoor adventure.
Place Based Education
Developing an understanding of the natural world has always been a key component of TREK. Students are provided with direct experiences that enable them to integrate their learning into the wider world and make personal connections.
Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education [place-based learning] increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active contributing citizens. (David Sobel)
The underlying purpose of the TREK program is to provide experiences that help students learn about themselves. We create a physical and social environment that supports the development of the Core Competencies. Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning.
A unique component of TREK is that it brings together students from across the city. The friendships that are formed between the TREK students last a lifetime.