TREK Program at Prince of Wales

Sports or Outdoor Education
Student Group:
Secondary Students

An Enriched Integrated Outdoor Education Program for Grade 10 Students

Program Goals

The TREK Program provides an adventure-based, fully integrated, placed-based education program that has the flexibility to create an enriched learning environment, which exceeds the revised Grade 10 curricular requirements, including the core and curricular competencies.  

 In addition to meeting all of the curricular requirements of Grade Ten, TREK:

  • Introduces each student to a variety of outdoor activities;
  • Provide instruction in the safe and proper means of participating in these activities;
  • Help students develop a greater understanding of the natural world;
  • Provides positive personal growth experiences that help students develop beneficial character traits.

Program Objectives

Adventure and Challenge

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
  •  snowshoeing
  •  cross-country (Nordic) skiing
  • essential outdoor skills (minimum impact camping, outdoor cooking, first aid, map & compass, weather interpretation, snow shelters, avalanche assessment & risk reduction)

We provide instruction in the correct ways 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. Students are provided with direct experiences that enable them to integrate their learning into the wider world and make personal connections.

Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education [place-based learning] increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active contributing citizens. (David Sobel)

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.

Building Relationships

A unique component of TREK is that it brings together students from across the city. The friendships that are formed between the TREK students last a lifetime.

Program Structure

Each year 112 students are admitted into the TREK program.

During the TREK year, students will be involved in eight integrated “blocks”. Each “block” is a period of approximately three to five weeks in length. Different student groupings occur for each “block” which allows students to work with all of their peers throughout the year. The “blocks” include a combination of field studies, overnight trips, inquiry projects and classroom-based academics. Fridays are a flex schedule in which the large TREK community comes together for various activities including community service and small group inquiry projects.

At the end of the year all successful TREK students will receive credit for the following courses:

  • English Language Arts 10
  • Social Studies 10
  • Career and Life Education 10
  • Physical and Health Education 10
  • Outdoor Education 10
  • Science 10
  • Foundations & Pre-Calculus (Math) 10
  • Blended Language Support (allows for flexibility in language requirements) or FRAL 10

There are course credit options integrated into the TREK program for students who have already completed a course.

Application Procedures

Applicants must pass all Grade 8 and 9 core subjects with a minimum C+ average. Potential applicants, and their parents, are encouraged to attend one of two information meetings or visit

For further information contact:

TREK Program
Prince of Wales Secondary School
2250 Eddington Drive
Vancouver, BC
V6L 2E7
Phone: 604-713-8974 (ext. TREK office)