Class Trips & Travel

GRADE-LEVEL TRIPS

Florida’s Adventures Trip

Parent Meeting:  N/A | Trip:  Cancelled for 2020

Sixth grade students spend three days touring local Florida sites, including a TreeTrek ropes course and a tour of the Kennedy Space Center.

Florida Keys

Trip:  Spring 2021 TBD
Seventh grade students spend four days exploring and studying wildlife in the Florida Keys. For many students, this is the first time they have spent time away from their families, traveling with peers and trusted chaperones, so it is an opportunity for growth in many ways. The Keys trip is a culmination of the Science 7 curriculum. After studying plant and animal organisms, kingdoms, species and their habitats and characteristics, students interact with these animals in their native environments. Activities include learning about and swimming with dolphins at Dolphins Plus, kayaking through the mangroves at John Pennekamp State Park, visiting the Turtle Hospital on Marathon Key, snorkeling in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and taking an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades.

 

Historic Boston, MA

Parent Meeting:  N/A | Trip:  Postponed for 2020

Eighth grade students spend four days touring New England, tracing the roots of the American Revolution by walking Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Major stops include Bunker Hill, Old North Church and Paul Revere’s home. Students visit the towns of Lexington and Concord where the first battles were fought, and take time for reflection at Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau wrote his masterpiece, Walden. In the town of Salem, students visit the Salem Witch Museum, the Salem Witch Memorial and the spooky House of the Seven Gables. On the last day of the trip, they are transported to the year 1627 and live the life of a pilgrim at Plymouth Plantation.

Cedarkirk, FL

Trip:  Cancelled for 2020

During First Week, freshmen spend one night with Pathfinders, participating in group bonding activities.

DaySpring

Trip:  Cancelled for 2020
During First Week, sophomores participate in overnight at DaySpring Conference Center

Pisgah National Forest, NC

Trip: POSTPONED

The School has concluded that we cannot safely run the trip this August. The Pisgah trip is a defining part of the Tampa Prep experience, and we hope to find another time for the Class of 2022 to join the thousands of other Terrapins who have taken part in this experience. The school year for juniors will, instead, begin on Monday, August 17 along with the other grades. If you have general trip questions, please contact Pisgah Trip Coordinator Mr. Chris Maraghy at cmaraghy@tampaprep.org.

INTERNATIONAL TRIPS

To see photos and videos from past international trips, visit the Go Beyond page of our website.

Fiji – Spring Break 2021 (12 Day Trip) – THIS TRIP IS FULL

Trip Dates: March 2021 (Spring Break)
Cost: $2,645 + international airfare (estimated at $1400)

Enjoy island paradise and rural mountain living during this immersive program. Spend time in a mountain village where you’ll live in pairs with a Fijian host family and spend your days working on infrastructure projects, and living among the local village. Relax and enjoy island life and get to know Fijian culture by visiting the nearby village of Somosomo on Naviti Island. This trip is limited in space to 20 students and open to all students grades 10 – 12.

In keeping with our school mission to “go beyond…with a purpose higher than self,” this trip combines education, adventure, and service. The trip meets the travel requirement for the Global Studies Concentration. View the flyer for more information. Click here for the group information and enrollment page.  This trip is currently full. Please contact trip coordinator Ms. Enaye Englenton to be put on a waiting list.

Iceland – Early Summer 2021 (7 Day Trip)

Open to all students currently (2019-2020 school year) in grades 8, 9 and 10

Discover science in action throughout Iceland on a once-in-a-lifetime school trip–even if you’re not a STEM student! See alternative energy sources in action on a visit to the Hellisheidi Power Station. Taste tomatoes grown year-round in a greenhouse using advanced geothermal technologies and bread made underground using geothermal heat. At the famous Blue Lagoon, feel the warm waters of a geothermal spa against your skin. On excursions to other geothermal areas, learn how locals use hot water from hot springs to heat their homes. Feel the heat bubbling up from the earth on trips to mud pools, hot springs, fumeroles and geysers. See a volcanic crater created by an eruption in 1973 and walk on black basalt-sand beaches built from extinct volcanoes. Stand where two tectonic plates meet and where two continents diverge. On the colder side of iceland, hike across a glacier and taste pure glacial water. Then walk through a cave carved into a glacier to see the layers of ice that tell scientists so much about our climate past.  And, of course, experience the breathtaking beauty of Iceland’s unique landscapes, flora and fauna with hiking trips to waterfalls, outings to pet Icelandic ponies and a ferry trip to an island popular with puffins. The near-midnight sun of June in Iceland will feel like a different world.

Watch this short video for a quick glimpse into the wonders students will experience on this trip. For more details on the specifics of the trip, check out the trip flyer. When you’re ready to sign up, go here. And if you have any additional questions, please reach out to Stacia Hottle (shottle@tampaprep.org) or Ginger Chapman (gchapman@tampaprep.org), the trip coordinators.