Whats Going On In Your Area: Great Lakes Region

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 Great Lakes Region this year.

Leave No Trace Master Educator, Kevin Ayers, organized a 90+ volunteer trail clean-up/signage installation on the Low Gap Trail in Martinsville, IN.

The eTour team, working with a Leave No Trace Partner, Grand Trunk, cleaned up portions of the Lake Michigan beach near Chicago, IL.

Leave No Trace Master Educator and Wisconsin State Advocate, David Cantrell, conducted a 30 minute geochache specific overview of Leave No Trace to 50 participants before setting off on a clean up of the local park as part of their "Cache In, Trash Out" program.

The Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter, along with 200 volunteers, helped plant 200 native plants and trees over 29 acres as part of National Public Lands Day.

Indiana State Advocate, Douglas Wagoner, facilitated Leave No Trace outreach to youth and others at the Midwest Outdoor Experience in Dayton, OH.


Travelling Trainers:

Along with work by Great Lakes Region State Advocates and volunteer educators, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers conducted educational workshops, trainings and other outreach events all over the Great Lakes Region this year. Below is a sampling of the work they did in your region:



Grand Trunk – Skokie

Hi-Cone – Chicago

REI - Lincoln Park – Chicago



Indiana State Fair – Indianapolis

Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge – Lafayette

Subaru Plant Tour – Lafayette



BSA National Order of the Arrow Conference - East Lansing

Infamous Stringdusters – Ann Arbor



Youth Leader Training - Bemidji

S.A.L.T 'Mines and Pines' - Crosby

Cayuna Range Elementary School - Crosby

YMCA - St. Croix

Simley High School - Inver Grove Heights

Minnesota Master Naturalist Conference - Mankato



Girl Scout Camp Molly Lauman – Lucasville

Midwest Outdoor Experience - Dayton



University of Wisconsin - River Falls Trainer Course - River Falls


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.