Forest Service accepting reservations for 2014 Winter Trek program

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –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 or Joy Barney at 530-543-2685, email or visit