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Mar 26, 2014

Are you passionate about Leave No Trace education?  Are you interested in volunteering for the nation’s leading organization dedicated to reduce recreation related impacts?  Well then, have we got the opportunity for you!

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The Center is currently looking to fill State Advocate vacancies in the following states:

• Alaska
• Connecticut
• Georgia
• Hawaii
• Illinois
• Montana
• New Jersey
• North Dakota
• New York
• Rhode Island

If you’re interested, please see below for more.

The State Advocate program has been critical in helping the Center develop a nationwide network of volunteers that supports Leave No Trace education and outreach in every region of the country. This information will provide you with more information about State Advocate responsibilities, volunteer service, and what to do next:

What are the responsibilities of a volunteer State Advocate?
• Act as primary liaison between local individuals/groups and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
• Respond to local inquiries via email/phone.
• Enhance volunteer networks in your region by working with a wide range of outdoor recreation groups.
• Track and communicate Leave No Trace education in your state via quarterly reports.
• Host or support Traveling Trainers events in your area when applicable.
• Assist with local events and courses when applicable.
• Manage annual Advocate budget and distribute educational materials.

What is the volunteer requirement or length of service?
• State Advocates generally serve a two-year term. Advocates can renew for a second term based on their interests, accomplishments, and needs of the Center.
• There is no time requirement for this position, in terms of hours. You may find that it changes at different points in the year.  However, there are some minimum requirements each Advocate must fulfill!

What do I do next?
• If you are interested in pursuing this volunteer position, please email Jason@lnt.org with a letter of interest describing your primary objectives and goals in becoming a State Advocate.
• Include pertinent information regarding your past experiences with Leave No Trace and outdoor/environmental education. This can be outlined via resume.
• Schedule a phone conversation with the Center to discuss intended outcomes and to ask and answer questions.

Thank you again for your support! We look forward to hearing from you.

Jason Grubb
Education Programs Coordinator
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
jason@lnt.org
303.442.8222 x 107
 

Mar 25, 2014

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:

  • University of San Diego – San Diego
  • San Diego Parks & Recreation – Spring Valley
  • Pomona College – Claremont
  • Nature Club at Northshore Elementary – Big Bear Lake
  • STEM Academy at Big Bear Middle School – Big Bear Lake
  • Nature Club at Big Bear Elementary – Big Bear Lake
  • Climber’s Coffee – Joshua Tree
  • Mission Creek Preserve – Desert Hot Springs

 

Louisiana:

  • Louisiana State Parks Staff – Ville Platte
  • Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf – Breaux Bridge

 

Maryland:

  • Healthy Kids Day - Cambridge

 

Massachusetts:

  • Forestdale School – Forestdale
  • Canal Clean Up – Bourne
  • Cache In – Trash Out Clean Up – Fairhaven

 

Nevada:

  • Incline Elementary School – Incline Village
  • SOS Outreach – Incline Village
  • Reno River Festival - Reno

 

New Hampshire:

  • World Academy – Nashua

 

New Jersey:

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – Basking Ridge

 

New York:

  • Christadora at New York Botanical Gardens – Bronx
  • Earth Day New York – New York
  • Expeditionary Learning School – Queens
  • The North Face Endurance Challenge – Bear Mountain
  • Adirondack Mountain Club – Lake Placid
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Camporee – New Paltz

 

Ohio:

  • Mohican Wildlife Weekend – Butler
  • Miami County Parks – Tipp City
  • Simon Kent Council Camporee – Chilicothe

 

Rhode Island:

  • Moses Brown Upper School – Providence
  • Moses Brown Lower School - Providence

 

South Carolina:

  • James Island Middle School – Charleston
  • Wando High School – Mt. Pleasant
  • East Coast Paddlesport & Outdoor Festival - Charleston

 

Tennessee:

  • St. Nicholas School – Chattanooga
  • Trips for Kids Southeast Youth Corps – Chattanooga
  • Stringers Ridge Park – Chattanooga
  • Outdoor Chattanooga – Chattanooga
  • Kelly Subaru - Chattanooga

 

Utah:

  • Zion Canyon Earth Day – Springdale
  • Second Nature Entrada – Santa Clara
  • St. George BLM & Southwest Utah’s National Conservation Land Friends – St. George
  • Wilderness Festival – La Verkin
  • Sundance Mountain Resort - Provo

 

Virginia:

  • Dominion Riverrock – Richmond

 

Wyoming:

  • Grand Teton Lodge - Moran

 

Mar 20, 2014

Today we taught Leave No Trace to students from James Workman Middle School in Cathedral City, California. We attended a field trip with them to Mount San Jacinto State Park outside of Palm Springs, California. We took a tram that lifted us from 2,000 feet elevation up to 8,000 feet elevation on top of the mountains surrounding the city. The intention of today’s field trip was to teach Leave No Trace and get the kids outside.

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As soon as we left the tram station we arrived to find that above the city was a cool, tree covered, and a beautiful mountain oasis. It was a nice change from the arid desert down in the valley. Upon seeing all of the Ponderosa Pine trees, huge granite boulders, patches of snow, and the icy creek the kids were enthralled. We watched the kids use all their senses to experience the mountains. Kids smelled the sweet smelling tree, felt the cold water, listened to the birds sing, and took in the amazing scenery. The kids were used to the arid desert and for some of them; this was their first time seeing snow.  We hiked for a few miles through the trees until it was too icy to continue. The kids learned how to plan for a trip, filter water, pack a pack, and of course, how to Leave No Trace. After our initial Leave No Trace lesson we got to step back and watch the kids remember to stay on the trail, share the trail, and leave what they found.

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Trips like this to the mountains and into nature are important for so many reasons. Kids deserve a chance to experience what the world has to offer. If children grow up with an outdoor ethic they are more likely to practice Leave No Trace. The more that kids are connected to the outdoors; it is more likely that they will engage in environmental practices. We feel fortunate that we get a chance to do this for a living. We encourage you to volunteer for a Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop or to lead hikes and/or teach outdoor skills.

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 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.

 

 

 

Mar 19, 2014

Leave a trace on Mt Everest and risk paying a hefty fine! How locals are helping to Leave No Trace at basecamps and beyond.

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