Classroom Experience

Treks and Trails is known for its dedicated teachers with a unique hands-on curriculum that prepares the whole child for their next school experience. From station exploration to learning letter and sound recognition coupled with science, art, music, and language experiences and writing exercises the program works with your child at their individual level. The preschool is also well known for our detailed screening and conference time with the parents and teachers twice a year.

Chaska Community Center (CCC) Use

In addition to the classroom experiences, the children also have the opportunity to experience the CCC. The children enjoy the following programs and amenities:

  • Book Nook in The Lodge with the Active Older Adults (AOAs) (the kids refer to them as the Grandfriends)
  • Fitness class in the upper gym
  • Gallery art shows each spring 
  • Holiday and graduation programs on the stage in the Theater
  • Seasonal field trips


All teachers meet the state licensure standards.

Sandy Jansen

Miss Sandy is our coordinator and also the lead teacher in the Tuesday and Thursday classes. Sandy has been with Treks and Trails since it's opening in 2007 and has worked at the Community Center for over 19 years. Sandy has taught numerous preschool classes for the Parks and Recreation Department. Sandy is an energetic and passionate teacher who puts the needs of the students first.

I have truly enjoyed every minute of my time here. Not only do I teach your children, but every year I find myself learning life lessons from them as well. These kids are pretty special.

Sandy Jansen