Outdoor Activities

The TREK Program introduces each student to a variety of outdoor activities including:

  • hiking and backpacking
  • ocean kayaking
  • canoeing
  • rock climbing
  • cycle touring
  • back-country (Telemark) skiing
  • cross-country (Nordic) skiing
  • snowshoeing
  • 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. The new Social Studies curriculum outlines the following as a goal: Students are expected to develop an understanding of the interaction between humans and the environment, the impact of the physical environment on the development of human societies and cultures, and the impact of humans on the environment — understanding these interactions involves developing spatial awareness about geophysical features and human impacts.

 

Core Competencies

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.