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Promoting Environmental Awareness with Kids - Any content related to this program

Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Ethics Conference

Damascus, Arkansas: The Boy Scouts of America 1 st Annual Outdoor Ethics Conference was this past weekend. The Center and the BSA have had a partnership since 2004. The BSA has over 4 million members and 300 councils nationwide, is one of our master educator course providers, and has a national task force to implement Outdoor Ethics within the Scouts. The Boy Scouts of America trained more scouts and scoutmasters as master educators last year, than the other 6 master educator providers combined. The Center’s relationship with the BSA is important for educating our youth. Bigfoot got to meet...

Responses to the September Situation

The Situation You're hiking with your kids and they are so excited to be experiencing nature that they want to take home pieces of the natural world (pine cones, antler sheds, pottery shards, rocks, bones, etc.) to help them feel connected to nature while they are at home. What do you say to help them create memories that will leave the gift of discovery for the next person who hikes along the trail? Here’s what our staff had to say: There are many ways to connect children to nature without compromising the integrity of the area you are visiting. Capturing memories can be as...

How Long Does it REALLY Last

How Long Does it REALLY Last While facilitating a PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) activity called “How Long Does It Last?” for a local middle school last week, a teacher voiced concern over conflicting available information regarding decomposition rates of trash items. In fact, if any of you have done an internet search on the subject, it’s easy to see how varied the data really is. The information below will help shed light on the Center’s sources for compiling data for this PEAK activity and similar activities found in 101 Ways to Teach Leave...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in OCTOBER

Where are the Traveling Trainers? The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting the following training events across the country in October. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar. 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! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state! Arkansas: Boy Scouts of America National Outdoor Ethics Conference - Little Rock California: San Luis Obispo Community Workshop - San Luis Obispo Santa Barbara...

Start a Leave No Trace Club at your school

In 2011, a YMCA counselor in Bellevue, Washington contacted the Center stating that she was the sponsor students at Interlake High School. The teens wanted to start a Leave No Trace Club. Thus, the first Leave No Trace Club was established as a pilot program. Since, the Center has supported the club with education materials, partnership benefits (like logo/Seven Principle use, copyrighted language, etc.), and training materials. With this support, the high schoolers have organized two Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions at their school which focused on cleaning up local parks. Through a generous...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in September

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting the following training events across the country in September. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! California: Columbia College - Sonora Colorado: Traveling Trainer Team Training 2 Weeks - Boulder Adventures Denver - Denver Front Range Community College - Fort Collins Adventure Elementary School - Denver Flagstaff Academy - Longmont The North Face Outdoor Nation Signature Summit - Denver Smartwool - Boulder Kentucky: Kentucky State...

No Trace of NOAC

Once every two to three years, over 8,000 members of the Boy Scouts of America descend on a college campus for the week-long National Order of the Arrow Conference, or NOAC . These Scouts are all members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society. While at NOAC, they participate in training, competitions, service projects, and fellowship events. Along with our trusty compatriot Bigfoot, the Leave No Trace e-tour team joined everyone at NOAC as they took over Michigan State University. We manned a booth at the Expo in Adventure Central, talking to thousands in a matter of...

Outdoor Nation Austin

At the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics we aim to create environmental stewards through a three-part approach: educate, connect, protect. At the Outdoor Nation Signature Summit in Austin, TX, the e-tour team got to hit on all three of those ideas as they relate to Outdoor Ethics and the mission of Outdoor Nation -- getting kids outside and excited about the environment! Throughout the weekend-long conference, attendees from high schools, universities, and recent graduates from across Texas and the country discussed how to get youth outside. They thought up creative ways to reach youth...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in August

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 August. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! Want the Traveling Trainers to join you for your event or training? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by Team or by your state! Colorado: The North Face Adventures Denver - Denver North Boulder Classic - Boulder Transrockies Run - Buena Vista Rocky Mountain National Park...

Who Is Your Role Model?

Medfield, MA. We spent the morning last Saturday at Rocky Woods Reservation in Eastern Massachusetts to be a part of The North Face's event Role Models . The North Face athlete Mark Synott shared his experiences in the outdoors and how important it is to him to get his family outdoors. The North Face believes getting children outdoors at a young age will develop life long connections with the natural world. Kelly leads a talk about the importance of sticking to the trail, especially when traveling in a large group. Tracy explains how to read a map to two 5 year old boys who really enjoyed...

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