Winter Trek Fifth-Grade Conservation Education Program

Color photo of two lines of kids heading out into the snow covered forest on their snowshoes.

Jan. 5, 2023 - Winter Trek begins Jan 23 at Heavenly Mountain Resort
Winter Trek is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, and will continue through the end of March, weather permitting. Field trips are approximately three hours long and will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays, excluding holidays. Reservations are required and will open Monday, Jan. 9. Read More

Dec. 23, 2022- Volunteers needed for 2023 Winter Trek
The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for volunteers to help with the 2023 Winter Trek program at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Winter Trek is a 5th grade snowshoe program that teaches students snowshoeing skills while they learn about winter animal adaptation, Lake Tahoe’s watershed, and winter ecology. Volunteers will receive training and uniforms. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the online form. If you are a 5th grade teacher and would like more information on how to sign your class up for this program, please contact Adilene Negrete by email at or by phone at 530-543-2790. Calls and emails will be returned beginning Jan. 3, 2023.


This 3-hour environmental education program takes place at 9,000 ft. elevation at the Heavenly Mountain Resort via a Gondola ride from Stateline. Forest Service rangers and volunteers lead the class through the wilderness to learn about snowshoe skills and fire and forest ecology. Students fulfill science, language, social science and physical education requirements for fifth-grade curriculum during the program as well as pre- and post-visit material for the classroom. Go to the Teacher's Handbook below to learn more about the Winter Trek Conservation Education program.

Winter Trek Pre-visit Video

Follow the link below to view the pre-visit video on what to expect during the Winter Trek Adventure.

Teacher's Resources

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.

Winter Trek Photos

Color photo of Ranger Jean talking to a group of fifth-graders.
Color photo of gondolas arriving at the top of the mountain with Lake Tahoe in the background.
Color photo of kids arriving at the gondola midstation.
Color photo of Ranger Lindsay conducting the first lesson at the midstation overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Color photo of the kids heading down the stairs after getting off the gondola.
Color photo of Ranger Lindsay handing out snowshoes to the kids.
Ranger Tim talks to the kids at the first stop.
Color photo of group of kids getting the snowshoes ready to put on.
Color photo of two fifth-grade boys fastening the straps of their snowshoes.
Color photo of Ranger Jean getting the group of kids ready to leave.
Color photo of Ranger Lindsay teaching the kids some moves on their snowshoes.
Color photo of two lines of kids heading out into the snow covered forest on their snowshoes.
Color photo of the kids trekking uphill on their way back to the gondola.
Color photo of a line of kids trekking through the snow.
Color photo of Ranger Jean serving hot cocoa to the Winter Trek kids back at Explore Tahoe.