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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...

Bigfoot on Base

Bigfoot with Scouts at Minot Air Force Base! Stopping in at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, the Leave No Trace e-tour got to talk about the outdoors with families who have hiked and camped everywhere from Germany to Japan to Kyrgyzstan. Working with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts, we got to talk about all the different principles of Leave No Trace, help cleanup a city park that had been hit by a flood last year, and share a cookout with Bigfoot himself! With an audience of all ages, we got to play some PEAK games including a heated game of Step On It! and an informative How...

Earth Week in Colorado

Starting on Earth Day on Sunday in Nederland, the e-tour has been spreading the word about Leave No Trace all over Colorado for Earth Week! It's been a truly beautiful location to talk about environmental stewardship to audiences ranging from interested citizens in Boulder County to high schoolers set on making a difference to elementary school students getting outside for the first time! Bigfoot at Wild Bear! To kick off the week, we headed up to the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center where we joined with other conservation-minded organizations for an Earth Day Celebration! It was awesome to...

The Natural State of Arkansas Tech and Beyond

Wildflowers abound in Arkansas Russellville, AR . Team East spent the past two days working with students and faculty at Arkansas Tech University. An educational partner of Leave No Trace, Arkansas Tech strives to promote Leave No Trace within the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Hospitality Administration . Nestled in the western part of Arkansas, Russellville is within close proximity to many beautiful lakes, forests, waterfalls, caverns, and mountains. The "Natural State" truly offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy natures playground. Students at Arkansas Tech can...

Mr. Foot Goes to Middle School

Bigfoot with 6th Grade Science Teacher Ms. Pieper!! We've always heard that Bigfoot likes to hang around in the Pacific Northwest, but this week he came out of hiding to visit all the 6th graders at South Middle School in Grants Pass, Oregon! He cleared some time out of his busy schedule, typically filled with tromping around the woods without leaving footprints, skipping out of blurry photographs, and generally Leaving No Trace in his path, to visit seven different science classes in two days. Bigfoot wants to give a shoutout to the teachers there for getting the students excited about going...

Monkeying Around in Franklin, NC!

Tracy uses "Sparks" the camp stove to teach Be Careful With Fire Franklin, NC. Franklin is a mountain town nestled in the Nantahala National Forest . There is no shortage of recreational activities in this region of the country. The Traveling Trainers were on hand to visit local schools, provide an evening program at the library, and set up a booth at the Franklin Trail Days event. This event is catered to the cadre of hikers that are attempting to through hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). Yes, that is right, through hikers complete the roughly 2,180 mile trek in one shot, traveling...

Leave No Trace Education Near You: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in APRIL

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in April. For more information about these or to attend, visit their calendars. We hope to see you on the road! Want to host the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an event? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS! Or, find the teams upcoming events on the Calendar . Arkansas: Arkansas Tech University - Russellville Lake Dardanelle State Park - Russellville Pea Ridge Outdoor School - West Fork Arkansas Adventure Programming...

Your Turn Kids!

Create! Play! Win! Do you have, know or teach children between the ages of 6-12? If you do, please share this contest with them! Our corporate sponsor, Clif Bar , through Clif Kid is holding their "Backyard Game of the Year". The challenge for the kids: get outside and dream up a fun outdoor game. The prize: a 10, 000 scholarship, a Marin bicycle and Bell Helmet and a trip to San Francisco. To the adults out there, we challenge YOU to share the Seven PEAK Principles of Leave No Trace while introducing this great contest to enter. Ask them to consider one or many of these ideas when they...

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