(Gr5) Overnight Field Trip to Cat Tien National Park


UPDATE: 2023 Cat Tien National Park Slideshow for Parents

Field Trip Details from AsiaMotions

Dear SSIS Fifth Grade Parents,

We are excited to share information about our upcoming field trip to Cat Tien National Park on February 22-24, 2023. Overnight trips are often the highlight of a student’s fifth-grade year. Our trip to Cat Tien National Park will be no exception. We will meet with animal researchers, observe animals in rescue and research centers, observe ecosystems closely as scientists, and hike. The trip will be the cornerstone of our ecosystem unit as scientists. Thirteen SSIS staff will join the fifth grade on this trip.

We would like to invite parents to an informational meeting about our trip to Cat Tien on Monday, December 19th at 1:15 pm in the Auditorium. The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to get much more information about the trip, and to ask any other questions you may have.  

We have also included a packing list so you can begin to think about items that you may want to gather for the trip.

If you have any questions you would like us to address at the meeting, please add them to this question sheet and we will do our best to address them during the meeting.

UNIT CELEBRATIONMonday, December 19th from 2:05 pm in the Homerooms

After the informational meeting, you are all invited to celebrate the Unit 2 learning ‘Essence of Life’ that has been taking place in the Grade 5 classrooms. The students will be showcasing their extended research projects and a media piece created to raise awareness about access to basic human needs.

The Fifth Grade Team


Please note: Cabins, mosquito nets, bedding, towels and pillows are provided at Cat Tien.

Clothing Items
School PE uniform (wear on Day 1 of trip)

5 T-shirts

2 pair of pants

1 pair of sport shoes or tennis shoes

1 pair of slip on shoes or sandals (ie. Crocs)

3 pairs of shorts

5 pairs of socks

5 pairs of underwear


Raincoat or poncho!


Light jacket or long sleeved shirt

Optional Items

Camera (not a phone)

Cards or small travel games (no electronics)

Pillow – (if you want your own)

Any medication you may need with instructions (give to teacher before travel)

A watch

Nutritious snacks for the bus ride

Flashlight (torch) with new batteries

Water bottle – reusable

Insect repellent!

Sunscreen (lotion or cream)

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, shampoo, and soap, deodorant

A plastic bag for dirty clothes

Extra towel/washcloth

Backpack (big enough for day hikes)

Small suitcase to pack all items

Small pack of tissues and moist wipes

Book (long enough for three days)

Pencil case with sharpener, eraser, and a few color pencils