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Winter Trek Fifth-Grade Conservation Education Program

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is now accepting reservations for the 2019 Winter Trek Conservation Education Program. Fifth-grade teachers may reserve a spot by calling the Forest Supervisor’s office at 530-543-2789, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Winter Trek begins Tuesday, January 15, and continues through March 28, 2019, weather permitting. Field trips are generally three hours long and are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Color photo of Ranger Jean talking to a group of fifth-graders. 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 gondolas arriving at the top of the mountain with Lake Tahoe in the background. 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. 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 Lindsay teaching the kids some moves on their snowshoes. Color photo of Ranger Jean getting the group of kids ready to leave. Color photo of two lines of kids heading out into the snow covered forest on their snowshoes. Color photo of a line of kids trekking through the snow. Color photo of Ranger Tim talking to the kids at the first stop. Color photo of the kids trekking uphill on their way back to the gondola. Color photo of Ranger Jean serving hot cocoa to the Winter Trek kids back at Explore Tahoe.




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 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.