Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!

 

Team West: Jessie & Matt

Team West Central: Donielle & Aaron

Team East Central: Amanda & Junaid

Team East: Steph & Andy

 

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers live and travel in their Subaru, offering free Leave No Trace training and outreach in communities across the country. They do all of this while sleeping outside over 250 nights a year! While these four teams of two people primarily have a regional focus, they travel outside of their region as dictated by the outreach schedule. See you out there!

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Jessie Johnson and Matt Schneider - Team West

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Hailing from the southeast, Jessie and Matt have spent the past 15 years as camp directors, teachers, wilderness trip leaders, ropes course facilitators, writers, and adventurers, and are thrilled to spend the year on the road as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. When they’re not teaching, you can find Jessie and Matt riding their mountain bikes, hiking, climbing, running, swimming, and cooking (and eating … a lot). In their years of enjoying nature together, they’ve seen the many ways that visitors can leave unintended impacts and are excited to share their love of sustainable outdoor recreation with new friends.

 

Donielle Stevens and Aaron Hussmann - Team West Central

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Donielle and Aaron are excited for their second year as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, continuing to help others understand their impact on the world and empowering them to become environmental advocates in their communities. Donielle and Aaron both have extensive backgrounds in building meaningful relationships, educating the public about environmental practices, and creating engaging content through a variety of communication platforms. Donielle has a passion for hands-on learning in natural environments where she believes curiosity and critical thinking inspire environmental stewardship. Aaron loves connecting people with nature to create a lifelong sense of passion, respect, and care for the environment. They are beyond stoked this year to share how they take the trail home without leaving a trace.

 

Amanda Jameson & Junaid Dawud - Team East Central

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Amanda and Junaid are on the road for their first year as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, teaching the principles of Leave No Trace throughout the East Central region. For Amanda, teaching, learning, writing, and hiking are a way of life. She particularly enjoys engaging communities by relating her real-life experiences of practicing Leave No Trace into her teaching. Junaid is passionate about instilling Leave No Trace principles in generations young and old. He loves passing along knowledge from his thru-hiking and guiding pursuits to those looking to minimize their impact when spending time outdoors. They are both excited to teach, camp, explore, and empower others to protect and preserve our public lands this year as Traveling Trainers.
 

 

Stephanie Whatton & Andy Mossey - Team East

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Steph and Andy are back on the road for their third tour as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers! Steph’s dedication to environmental stewardship and conservation has inspired her to educate others to ensure the protection of our natural lands. She is beyond excited to share the values of Leave No Trace with outdoor and environmental enthusiasts. Andy’s background in outdoor experiential education has taught him the importance of connecting people to their backcountry and frontcountry environments. His passion for wilderness culture has him psyched to teach responsible outdoor recreation. Steph and Andy are promoting Leave No Trace awareness up and down the East Coast!