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Team East Visits Coleman Factory Outlet in Lake George, NY

Lake George, NY . Team East, Kate and Tracy, stopped by the Coleman Factory Outlet store in Lake George, NY to, not only interact with customers as they shop for new outdoor gear, but to also check out the Instant Tent, which can be set up in less than a minute! Coleman Outdoors has been a long-standing partner of the Center. They have been a huge supporter of the Leave No Trace e-tour team , in addition to promoting Leave No Trace within the products they sell. They also offer individual members of Leave No Trace an opportunity to save up to 40% off on products available...

Louisiana State Advocates Focus on Youth Outreach

Peggy Reily and Barrett Kennedy have dedicated themselves to promoting Leave No Trace across the country. They were introduced to Leave No Trace with wilderness volunteers doing a service trip in conjunction with a Leave No Trace trainer course in Yosemite. Struck by the curriculum, the pair went on to take a Master Educator course.. In 2010, the two became traveling trainers. Now Louisiana State Advocates, Peggy and Barrett are focusing their efforts towards children throughout the state with goals to expand the Leave No Trace education to untapped avenues for youth outreach. During their...

The North Face Role Models with Ultramarathoner Mike Wardian

Peabody, MA . This weekend we traveled to The North Face store in Peabody, MA to meet North Face athlete and Ultramarathoner, Mike Wardian. Mike was at the store to inspire kids and families to get outdoors through a new program called The North Face Role Models. "We at The North Face love the outdoors, and believe that if people are introduced to the outdoors, they will foster a connection to our natural landscapes that will stay with them forever. Our goal is to inspire our next generation of explorers and conservationists by helping them discover nature's playground...

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...

Hot Spot Happenings

Fourmile, Buena Vista, CO: Yesterday we spent a beautiful Rocky Mountains morning with the sixth graders of Buena Vista, CO. For those in the know, the Leave No Trace Hot Spots program along with Friends of Fourmile have joined forces to bring trainings and awareness concerning the responsible use of the Fourmile area. Our stint with the youth here provided them with the tools to help care for themselves and the environment while playing outside. We talked extensively about traveling and camping on durable surfaces. Way up in the mountains at nearly 8000ft where this community is nestled the...

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...

Mines & Pines

In an area once dominated by mine pits, the Leave No Trace e-tour team visited with an inspired and inspiring group of high school students to talk about Leave No Trace, protecting the outdoors, and really making an impact in your community. Along with the S.A.L.T., or Service Adventure Learning Team, from Crosby-Ironton High Shool, we headed out on a "Mines & Pines" event where we camped, talked about issues the students cared about, and got to enjoy some great outdoor recreation. Not content to simply master the skills of Leave No Trace, these students approach both their peers 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...

Why Leave No Trace is important to Expedition Mississippi:

Guest Blog from the folks at Expedition Mississippi : To make a long answer short, WE NEED THE ENVIRONMENT MORE THAN IT NEEDS US AND OUR POSTERITY WILL NEED IT EVEN MORE THAN WE DO. We rely on the environment more than we realize. It surrounds us 24/7, 365 days a year. The environment produces the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat . We are just a small part of the intricate system that makes up the whole. Yet in today’s society many forget that. We forget that we are not alone, that there are other species on this earth with which we co-exist. We often imagine...

2012 Backyard Sessions

In the last year, the Center has initiated a new focus of incorporating Leave No Trace education into volunteer community-service projects. In 2011, Leave No Trace educators and volunteers facilitated 23 such projects resulting in almost 8000 man hours of trail work, invasive species removal, and clean-ups. In 2012, the Center's target is 65 such "Backyard Sessions" and we are happy to announce that we're well on our way to hitting that goal with 12 such events already scheduled. This year so far, our hardworking volunteers and supporters have: Organized a clean-up of Beaver Lake near Bellvue...

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