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Day Campin' in Delaware

Summertime means summer camp, and what better type of summer camp than Cub Scout day camp? On Tuesday, the Leave No Trace e-tour Team rolled into Delaware and visited two different day camps from the Del-Mar-Va Council along with Travis McCormick, one of Frank's Scouting friends and an all-star professional Scouter. With a group of excited Scouts, we explored some of the best highlights of Leave No Trace -- Trash Your Trash and the elusive cathole. Our first visit was to the brand new Akridge Scout Reservation in Dover, a beautiful stretch of 85 acres developing into a first class camp. With...

Summer Solstice Splashtacular

This week marks the first day of summer, and summer means beach time. While at Verona Beach State Park in New York last weekend, the Leave No Trace e-tour got to participate in their First Annual Outdoor Extravaganza! Along with local firemen, RV & boat dealers, local environmental groups, and the New York State Parks; we brought the message of Leave No Trace to the many visitors and beach-goers on this packed weekend. Verona Beach State Park is a local, frontcountry favorite for people coming for the weekend or day from the Syracuse, Binghamton, and Utica areas. The park combines camping...

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...

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...

Roaming Wyoming

We've only been here in Wyoming for a short time and we can see why folks here are staunch advocates for their local places and spaces. Over the weekend we joined Wyoming State Parks at Curt Gowdy for their annual Summer Outdoor Slam, where over a thousand people came out to fish, hike, bike, boat, and camp. The festival style event brought families in droves to try the rock climbing wall, demo mountain bikes by Specialized and Trek, learn how to fish, create art, try some BBQ, and speak with local land managers, outfitters, and shop owners. The weekend focused on getting youth out in the...

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...

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