- Get Involved
The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public.
The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Mountain Region this year.
- Colorado State Advocate, Kristin Libberton, introduced the Seven Principles to 37 individuals as they relate to youth with PEAK modules “How Long Does it Last” and “Trek and Track Say” in Boulder, CO.
- Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Frank and Quinn, conducted 2-45 minute presentations of the Seven Principles to Middle School age youth at Shining Mountain School in Boulder, CO.
- 7 Principles, Trash your Trash, River Corridors
- In Buena Vista, CO, in conjunction with the Fourmile Hotspot program, staff of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics facilitated a 4 hour Awareness Workshop to 15 representatives of various community organizations.
- Outreach Manager, Dave Winter, and Education Director, Ben Lawhon, conducted a trash clean-up following the Lyons Outdoor Games in Lyons, CO.
- Education Director, Ben Lawhon, presented the Seven Principles to 88 high schoolers at Wyoming Territorial Prison State Park and facilitated “How long does it last?” and discussed career choices in recreational and environmental fields before the youth set off on a clean-up of the park grounds.
- Corrie Holloway, of Glacier Guides/Montana Rafting Co. worked it 54 volunteers to clean up 40+ miles of Wild and Scenic river, including 6 river access points and 6+ bags of trash plus random pieces of metal/plastic removed in
- In Dolores, CO, Master Educator, Jay Loschert, conducted a river clean-up in conjunction with Trout Unlimited with 7 volunteers and discussed “Dispose of waste properly” and the Seven Principles for River Corridors.
Here is what our WY state advocate had to say:
My name is Sara Kirol of Sheridan, WY, where I work as the Bighorn National Forest Trails Coordinator and am the Wyoming Leave No Trace State Advocate. Wyoming is a big state with a lot of wide-open space providing us with amazing, seemingly untouched, natural places to recreate and spend time in. These wonderful traits can be both challenging and beneficial for promoting Leave No Trace. There are a good number (for our population size) of Master Educators scattered across the state. For 2013, my goals include connecting our Master Educators to share ideas, triumphs and defeats, and to form an alliance that will better support the Leave No Trace message statewide. I plan to look into utilizing social networks such as Facebook to better connect these folks. Locally, I am making contacts in the schools at all age levels, including colleges. I hope to travel to festivals to set up booths and engage local Leave No Trace supporters to become more involved. I am open to invitations from schools across the state and to meeting many of our amazing Wyoming people. Hope to see you soon!
Sara Evans Kirol
Bighorn National Forest
Along with work by Mountain Region State Advocates and volunteer educators, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers conducted educational workshops, trainings and other outreach events all over the Mountain Region this year. Below is a sampling of the work they did in your region:
Northern Arizona University Outdoor Trip Leaders –Flagstaff
Red Rock Ranger District – Sedona
Alpine Leadership Academy – Flagstaff
PEAK Training at REI – Tempe
Orangewood Elementary School – Phoenix
Girl Scout AZ Cactus Pine World Thinking Day – Phoenix
Catalina Boy Scout Venture Crews – Tucson
REI – Tucson
Miraval Resort & Spa – Tucson
Volunteer Southern Arizona – Tucson
International Sportsmans Exposition – Denver
Boulder Backyard Session – Boulder
Community Prep School- Colorado Springs
New Belgium Brewery - Fort Collins
The Wildlife Experience -Parker
National Park Service Earth Day Event – Lakewood
Coleman Factory Outlet – Castlerock
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center – Nederland
Red Hawk Elementary School – Erie
Shining Mountain School – Boulder
Wildflower Elementary - Colorado Springs
Friends School – Boulder
Conservation Camp - Buena Vista
Clean Up Green Up – Salida
Camp Chief Ouray – Winterpark
Fourmile Hot Spot Visit & Training - Buena Vista
SOS Outreach – Edwards
Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride,
RockyGrass – Lyons
North Boulder Park Classic – Boulder
Gore-Tex TransRockies Run - Buena Vista
Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz - Estes Park
Eddie Bauer Speaker Series - Lone Tree
The North Face Adventures Denver – Denver
Front Range Community College - Fort Collins
Flagstaff Academy – Longmont
Adventure Elementary School – Denver
The North Face Outdoor Nation Signature Summit- Denver
New Emerson School - Grand Junction
Watershed School – Boulder
The North Face Speaker Series – Breckenridge
Warren Tech High School – Lakewood
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – Lakewood
The Cottage – Aspen
Aspen Elementary School - Aspen
REI - Santa Fe
Cielo Azul SAFE Before & After School Academic/Recreation Program - Rio Rancho
Winter Outdoor Retailer - Salt Lake City
Churchill Jr. High School - Salt Lake City
Utah Valley University - Orem
Legacy Preparatory Academy-Woods Cross
Guide Summit - Moab
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge - Brigham City
REI - Salt Lake City
Summer Outdoor Retailer - Salt Lake City
Curt Gowdy State Park - Cheyenne
Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site - Laramie
C5 Bridges - Hyattville
Grand Teton Lodge Company - Moran
We are currently building the Traveling Trainers’ 2013 outreach schedule and would love to offer Leave No Trace training in your community. Request a visit from the Team for 2013 here.