2014 Smoky Mountain Adventure Trip Information
Informational Parent MeetingsJoin us for this optional meeting where you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the trip program, meet some of the Rockwood staff who will oversee the trips and get answers to your questions. Select the meeting time that works best for your schedule:
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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!
2014 Trip DatesEach elementary school has been assigned trip dates:
February 28-March 3, 2014(bus departs evening of Feb. 27)
Blevins, Chesterfield, Eureka, and Green Pines
March 7-10, 2014(bus departs evening of Mar. 6)
Geggie, Kehrs Mill, Pond and Westridge
April 11-14, 2014(bus departs evening of Aprl 10)
Fairway, Ridge Meadows and Wild Horse
May 2-5, 2014(bus departs evening of May 1)
Babler, Ellisville, Kellison and Stanton
May 16-19, 2014(bus departs evening of May 15)
Ballwin, Bowles, Uthoff Valley and Woerther
Fee: $495A $125 deposit is due at time of registration. The remainder may be paid in 2 additional installments by November 29, 2013 ($185) and January 15, 2014 ($185) via credit card/debit card or check. Limited fee assistance is available to those who qualify on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. Contact Jennifer Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-733-2016 for more fee assistance information.
Note: The fee has been adjusted for this year to meet the district requirement that all trips are self-funded and fees cover the cost for all expenses.
RegistrationThe Smoky Mountains Adventure is open to all 5th grade students currently enrolled at a Rockwood School District Elementary school. Registration will open Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9 a.m. Registrations must be submitted by the parent or legal guardian for the child. Register online or in-person at the Administrative Annex, 500 N. Central, Eureka, MO 63025. In-person registration will be held from 9-11 a.m. Registration forms will not be made available prior to October 12. Online registration closes on November 9 or as soon as the trips fill.
About Online Registration: In order to register online, you will need to create an account in the Community Education 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 wait list through the online registration system (your deposit will not be processed while you are on the wait list). 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.
Accommodations for Students with DisabilitiesReasonable 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 Jennifer Ritter, Rockwood Community Education at 636-733-2016 or email@example.com.More Information:Trip Leaders and ChaperonesEach trip is planned and led by a Rockwood Community Education Program 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!
Travel and Lodging AccommodationsWe 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, offer healthy options and are served family style in the cafeteria.
Learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT) here.
Class InstructionTremont 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!