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Mar 25, 2015

Boulder, CO: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are conducting the following training events across the country in April and May.  We hope to see you at an event!

Check out the Team Calendars - sort by team or by your state for the most up to date event listings.

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For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar. We hope to see you on the road!

 

California:

  • Subaru Sea Otter Classic – Monterey
  • Gateway Teen Center – San Diego
  • Point Reyes National Seashore Hot Spot Week – Point Reyes Station
  • Yosemite Climbing Stewardship Training – Yosemite National Park

 

Colorado:

  • New Team Training Week – Boulder
  • Partners in the Outdoors Conference – Keystone
  • Lake County Intermediate School – Leadville
  • West Park Elementary School – Leadville

 

Idaho:

  • Palouse Bicycle Collective Ride – Moscow

 

Montana:

  • 40th Annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival – Bigfork

 

New York:

  • Adirondack Mountain Club – Lake Placid

 

Oregon:

  • Spring Thing at Smith Rock – Terrabonne
  • Evergreen Elementary School – Cave Junction
  • Madrona Elementary School – Grants Pass
  • Call of the Wild – Bend
  • International Trails Symposium – Portland
  • Multnomah Falls – Bridal Veil, OR

 

Utah:

  • Ragnar Trail Relay – Mount Carmel
  • Great Salt Lake Council Scouting Expo – Sandy
  • Zion Area Girl Scouts – Hurricane
  • Springdale Elementary School - Springdale

 

Vermont:

  • ReSource YouthBuild – Montpelier
  • Little River State Park – Waterbury

 

Virginia:

  • Apple Blossom Festival – Winchester
  • Randolph Elementary School – Crozier
  • Wilderness First Aid Course – Richmond
  • Dominion Riverrock – Richmond

 

Washington:

  • Sunnyside Elementary School - Pullman
  • Franklin Elementary School - Pullman
  • Jefferson Elementary School - Pullman

 

Mar 24, 2015

Squaw Valley, California: Klean Kanteen and Leave No Trace are teaming up for an amazing music festival season this year! The folks at Klean Kanteen care a lot about sustainability throughout the outdoor recreation field as well as among festivarians. Festivals are becoming more and more of a focus for Leave No Trace since they are commonly held on public lands/municipal parks and ensuring that people minimize their impact on these lands is high priority for festival promoters. Klean Kanteen is right at home in a festival setting as they are trying to reduce the amount of single use cups/dishware that is used at any festivals.

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At all of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Trainer festivals events this year Klean Kanteen will be supporting the Leave No Trace Cleanest Campsite Challenge, membership drive, and promoting sustainability to festivarians. The CCC is an effort by Leave No Trace to promote festivarians to be sustainable, clean, and creative at their festival campsites. Festivarians can have an impact on non-durable surfaces, accumulate a lot of trash and food waste, and can impact wildlife on the festival grounds. One important thing that Klean Kanteen and Leave No Trace are trying to accomplish is decreasing the amount of trash that accumulates at a festival site. Festivarians definitely enjoy cold beer at festivals and by simply using a reusable pint glass, the amount of single use cups can be decreased dramatically.

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Take Klean Kanteen’s pledge and refuse single use containers for up to 30 days:

·      In the US, only 27% of plastic water bottles are recycled. The other 73% are in our rivers, lakes, ocean, landfills or are incinerated.

·      In the US, people throw out 200 billion paper cups and 25 billion Styrofoam cups each year.

·      Go to http://www.kleankanteen.com/pages/take-the-pledge

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We appreciate our partnership with Klean Kanteen and look forward to working with them at all the fun music festivals we have coming up this year.

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.

Mar 22, 2015

El Paso, TX- Have you ever thought to yourself, what more can I do? Let this brief glimpse of the Texas Parks and Wildlife employee Trainer Course show you how to further your knowledge, while having fun! For more information click Get Involved and find out what events are near you. A special thanks to Ted Pick for the amazing time-lapse.

 

 

Until next time,

Court and Nick
 

Leave No Trace’s Courtney and Nick Bierschbach 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, and Smartwool.

Mar 19, 2015

Incline Village, Nevada: Incline Village Elementary School is a partner of Leave No Trace and their support is shown through their commitment to providing Leave No Trace education to all of their 500 students. Preschoolers up to fifth grade students took part in learning about how they can minimize their impact every area from their local parks, ski resorts, Lake Tahoe, to the wilderness surrounding their community. The kids at Incline are definitely fortunate to live in the beautiful area that they do and their teachers and principal recognize that and want to not only foster a love of the outdoors, but also develop respect for it as well.

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For 3 school days we taught 18 different 45 minutes session teaching 25-30 students per class what Leave No Trace is, connected them to their outdoor environment, and taught them how to use the Leave No Trace seven principles. Our teaching style is a progressive walk through each principle with an activity/demonstration per principle. Kids chased each other simulating impacts verse wildlife, in our impact and wildlife activity to demonstrate how our impacts are detrimental to wildlife for Respect Wildlife. They ran a relay race with cards that had gear listed on them to signs with each of the principles for Know Before You Go. One of our favorite games, Ok/No way, was used to give the students examples of what is a minimal impact behavior and what is not for everything from Be Careful with Fire, Leave What You Find, and Be Kind to Other Visitors. Several other games from a simulated hike, a Bigfoot Says version of Simon says with the principles, and a guessing game about each principle were used to keep the kids engaged, happy, and learning the different aspects of Leave No Trace.

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We even got to answer outdoor ethical questions on Leave No Trace when the question about Leave What You Find inevitably came up. A young girl asked, “if there are a thousand wildflowers, wouldn’t it be okay to pick at least one”. We explained that the seven principals are not rules, they are good suggestions/guidelines and that it is a personal choice to follow the principles. We detailed how wildflowers need to drop seeds for next year’s growth and that if thousands of people came through that area and pick a flower, the accumulative impact would overwhelm the field of wildflowers.

At the end of each of our sessions with every class we challenge the students to teach Leave No Trace to at least two other people using either the yellow kids hang tag or the frontcountry tag for the older grades. We love this part of the workshop because it promotes a sense of responsibility for their new knowledge set. It is one thing to know how to Leave No Trace, but Leave No Trace is a concept that can be spread and held onto for life.

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.

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