Forest Service accepting reservations for 2014 Winter Trek program
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin accepting reservations for the 2014 Winter Trek Conservation Education program on Monday, December 16, 2013. Teachers may reserve a spot by calling the Forest Service at 530-543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Winter Trek begins Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and continues through March 27, 2014, weather permitting. Field trips are generally three hours long and are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Led by Forest Service rangers, the Winter Trek program offers fifth-graders an outdoor educational experience that takes place at 9,100 feet via the Gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The program includes a snowshoe adventure, during which students will learn about the geology and ecology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, the adaptive behavior of Basin wildlife, how to look for signs of wildlife, and the importance of snow.
Winter Trek is a cooperative effort between the Forest Service, the Tahoe Heritage Foundation, the City of South Lake Tahoe's Explore Tahoe Visitor Center, and Heavenly Mountain Resort.
For more information, contact Megan Dee at 530-543-2618, email email@example.com or Joy Barney at 530-543-2685, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/WinterTrekExpress.
This 3-hour environmental education program takes place at 9,000 ft elevation at the Heavenly Mountain Resort via a free Gondola ride from Stateline. Forest Service rangers lead the class through the wilderness to learn snowshoe skills and discover winter adapting animals and signs of these animals. Students fulfill science, language, social science and physical education requirements for 5th grade curriculum during the program as well as pre- and post-visit material for the classroom. Go to the Teacher's Handbook to learn more about the Winter Trek Express Environmental Education program.
Winter Trek Presentation
Follow the links below to view the presentation and other information on what to expect during the Winter Trek Adventure.
- Winter Trek Presentation
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- Winter Trek Program Script 2014
(PDF 33 KB)
- Winter Trek Presentation Audio Version - If you would like an audio version of the Winter Trek Presentation for classroom viewing, contact Megan Dee at (530) 543-2618 or email email@example.com and a copy will be sent to your school.
You may view and print a copy of the Teacher's Handbook by following the link provided below.
Follow the links below to view and print the Educational Posters.
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- History of Snowshoes
(PDF 180 KB)
- Tree Identification
(PDF 266 KB)
- American Marten
(PDF 715 KB)
- Weasel Family
(PDF 269 KB)
- Lake Tahoe Geology
(PDF 673 KB)
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(PDF 320 KB)
- Wildlife Tracks
(PDF 519 KB)