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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!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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