Spring, TX: Without volunteers Leave No Trace couldn’t accomplish our mission to teach people to enjoy the outdoors responsibility. We are fortunate to have people all throughout the country putting on awareness workshops and trainer courses, promoting Leave No Trace to schools and scout troops, and land management personnel advocating for our message. As an organization we are fortunate to have the support of individuals all around the country that volunteer as State Advocates. State advocates put on a variety of trainings from: Awareness Workshops, Trainer Courses, Master Educator Courses, as well as representing the Center at various events. The Center relies on the State Advocates to stay in close touch with the Mater Educators and Trainers in their state to be both a representative and a volunteer coordinator.
Andre Houser of Texas is one of our many amazing advocate making Leave No Trace education possible in his state. He along with Bob Gates promotes Leave No Trace education throughout the huge state of Texas. Andre joined us at Kuehnle Elementary school this past week and helped facilitate an awareness workshop for over 650 kids. We were grateful to have such an experienced and knowledgeable educator supporting us and helping facilitate our awareness workshop. You can learn more about Andre in his bio below.
Andre Houser Bio:
HI! My name is Andre Houser, and I’m one of the two (count ‘em, two) Leave No Trace State Advocates in Texas. (Since everything is always bigger in Texas, we needed two advocates).
I grew up in Northwest Arkansas, where I learned to hunt, fish and roam the woods at an early age, and developed my love for things outdoors. I spent a few years in the Scouts, where I camped under what is now Beaver Lake, and spent summers at Camp Orr on the Buffalo National River.
I first learned of Leave No Trace in a Powder Horn course at Rancho El Cima in Texas. Charlie Thorpe was the Leave No Trace Consultant for that course. Shortly thereafter, I took a Trainer Course in Dallas’ Circle Ten Council, BSA. I wanted MORE, so I went to Philmont for my ME course, led by Dan Howells, Eric Hiser, Jim Karrol, and David Downing (Charlie Thorpe appeared somewhere in the middle). While there I was introduced to the magic of Brownies in an outback oven (Thanks Dan).
Since then I have served as co-Director of about 25 Leave No Trace Trainer courses, and have helped train about 250 Leave No Trace Trainers in Texas. I’m currently a member of the Sierra Club an am a certified Texas Master Naturalist.
My two sons are Eagle Scouts, and my daughter is a Girl Scout Silver. We love to camp, where I do most of the cooking in dutch ovens, my other passion (yes, I belong to LSDOS and IDOS), and meet regularly with a group of dutch oven folks for food, fun, and fellowship.
As one of your two State Advocates, I hope to keep up the good work of our predecessor and expand the program into the Texas Master Naturalist program and into the dutch oven cooking community. Since I am a municipal employee, I also hope to reach out to the parks and recreation departments in Texas, and help them realize the value of the Leave No Trace principles.
If you live in Texas and want to learn more about Leave No Trace or need help with any educational efforts contact Andre and Bob at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.
Pat and TJ
Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 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, Hi-Cone, REI, and Smartwool.