Awareness Workshop

Welcome to the Maine Events

A week in review... We have the pleasure of spending the next three weeks criss-crossing the great state of Maine as we explore, bike, hike, and most importantly work with numerous groups that are interested in learning about Leave No Trace. Last week, we began our tour at the Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, ME, where we met up with The Maine Steering Committee. The committee is comprised of dynamic Leave No Trace Master Educators and Advocates, including Charlie Jacobi, Acadia National Park; Marcia and Gabe Williamson, former Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, current Leave No Trace...

Del-Mar-Va Council Cub Scout Camp

The Leave No Trace e-tour team will be joining the Cub Scouts, staff, and volunteers at Lum's Pond camp for the Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America for an afternoon of Leave No Trace learning and activities!

Totally Tetons

With a backdrop as iconic as the Grand Tetons, the importance of practicing and spreading the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace easily comes to the forefront. We've spent the last three days holding a cavalcade of workshops for park guests, and the staff of both Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch. Visitors converge here from around the globe to experience world renown screnery and wildlife. We found that a common ground of marvel and wonderment regarding the out of doors served as a perfect jumping off point for our speaking to guests about Leave No Trace. We're hoping those who...

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge presents, " A Forum on Creating Responsible Outdoor Behaviors". Encouraging families to partake in nature, while beneficial for them, leaves an impact on natural areas. Learn Leave No Trace Principles and try games that you can incorporate nto YOUR nature programs to influence behaviors.

To register, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LNT2012

Forces of Nature

Stewards of natural resources and nature, the Natural Lands Trust in Pennsylvania owns 40 properties with 21,000 acres as well as conservation easements on more than 19,000 acres. How do they save land, steward natural resources, and connect with nature? They manage it through volunteers in their Force of Nature program and high quality professional staff, of course. This weekend, the Leave No Trace e-tour team stopped in for two different training sessions with these groups to talk about the principles of Leave No Trace, how to apply them in frontcountry settings, and the ways to approach...

Klamath Falls Recap

In A Sand County Almanac , Aldo Leopold wrote that “the land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” Maybe it’s time for us to flip that idea on its head, and think of bringing Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics from our backcountry into a community-based approach, a goal the Center has been focusing on over the past few years. By addressing environmental stewardship across different components of a community – land managers, schools, Scout troops, volunteer groups, and community leaders – we can...

Minnesota Master Naturalists

Before leaving Minnesota, the Leave No Trace e-tour had the incredible opportunity to present two sessions at the Minnesota Master Naturalist Conference. This group of high-quality volunteers and professionals are dedicated to the three-part mission of Explore, Teach, Conserve. The Minnesota Master Naturalists work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension to ensure that people across the state have opportunities to get outdoors, learn about their specific biomes, and participate in some fun programs and volunteer opportunities. During our two...

Twin Cities Travels

/*--> */ On the edge of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, the e-tour team got a chance to work with some outstanding students from Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Along with their dedicated teacher, these students are helping work with the development of a brand-new nature center and learning about the outdoors and Leave No Trace along the way. During a day-long workshop, we got to talk about all seven principles, some techniques, and how to message the ideas to others both at their school and in the community. Drawing on their study in the classroom of different biomes and...

Scouting from NJ to MA

Team East has been working with numerous scout troops from New Jersey to Massachusetts. As the largest youth serving organization in the country, The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts provide life learning experiences for children of all ages. We had the opportunity this week to work with more than 100 scouts and troop leaders to introduce them to the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace. Our first stop was in Oakland, NJ working with local troops as they work towards their Leave No Trace Acheivement Award . We had the privilege of meeting Harold Petzold, the NJ State Advocate for Leave No Trace, at...

Forever Green Girl Scouts

Pine Grove, PA. In celebration of the 100th year of Girl Scouts, the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania hosted a day of Leave No Trace education and fun on Sunday April 29th, 2012. With about 200 scouts, parents, and troop leaders in attendance, the Sweet Arrow Lake Park was buzzing with energy and leave no trace activities. The scouts visited 12 stations throughout the day including a Leave No Trace hike, a relay race in properly packing a backpack, knot tying, geocaching, the "Wall of Shame" where scouts learned the importance of leaving what they find, and durable...

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