River Falls, Wisconsin: In 2011, the Outdoor Education minor program in the Health and Human Performance Department at the University of Wisconsin River Fall become an Educational Partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
Becoming an educational partner of Leave No Trace provides UWRF access to a variety of resources, training, and educational information, while also providing support to the leading organizational advocate for sustainability education around the world.
As one initial benefit of this partnership, UWRF Outdoor Education students enrolled in the Foundations of Outdoor Leadership class, taught by Assistant Professor Paul Shirilla, become Certified Leave No Trace Trainers each school year.
Professor Shirilla has been an influential outdoor leader at UWRF; as he has brought a more intentional focus on sustainability within the Outdoor Education program curriculum. He is a thoughtful and motivated educator who truly believes in the power of nature and the need to promote outdoor stewardship. By partnering with Leave No Trace, Paul has ensured his students, as future outdoor educators, will be well prepared with the skills to teach others how to respect, preserve, and protect our environment.
A few weekends ago, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Dani and Roland had the pleasure of working with Paul and his outdoor education students for an engaging and interactive Trainer Course. The course was held at Interstate State Park in Wisconsin and the weather was perfect, providing wonderful fall scenery and beautiful “classroom” spaces. We spent two days in the field discussing the seven principles of Leave No Trace, and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills in a variety of settings. At the end of our time together, UWRF students walked away with a new appreciation for the outdoors and a beneficial Leave No Trace Trainer Certification.
It’s people like Paul Shirilla who are making a difference in their communities, leading passionate lives that spread to those around them and providing opportunities for growth and education. Teaming with Leave No Trace allows influential personalities to tap into a resource and movement that is leading to a better tomorrow. At Leave No Trace we are all about positive living and engagement with nature, join our movement!
Ninjas for nature – dani & roland
Leave No Trace’s Danielle and Roland Mott are part of the 2013 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, The North Face, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.