Youth

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...

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...

One of 10,000

Bears were on the loose In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Leave No Trace e-tour set up on just one lake this Monday -- Lake Bemidji. Visiting a beautiful town, the First City on the Mississippi, we got a chance to go to Lake Bemidji State Park to work with a stellar group of high school students. They were joining us from Voyageurs Expeditionary High School in town, a cool school where some of these students will later this year have the opportunity to take the Leave No Trace knowledge and skills they learned on Monday with them on trips to the Badlands of the Dakotas as well as Florida! Each...

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...

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...

Klamath Falls Bonanza Blitz

Talking Leave No Trace with the US Forest Service & Fish and Wildlife! The Leave No Trace e-tour was invited to Klamath Falls, Oregon, for a community-wide Leave No Trace blitz! The results? Awesome. After driving back into winter snow, the week kicked off with events at a couple of the city's elementary schools. In two days, we got to speak to eight different classrooms, making over 200 brand-new Leave No Trace experts ! These students were dialed in on what to do with trash when they're hiking, fishing, and hanging out around their beautiful city. Trash Your Trash! We...

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...

Take A Peek at PEAK In Action

Tarpon Springs, FL . Take a look at this video, shot at an elementary school in Florida earlier this week. Kate leads a lesson on leave no trace using the PEAK Program. PEAK- Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids- is an interactive, engaging program designed to educate youth about responsible recreation and land stewardship. It is clear to see how much fun PEAK can be! For more information about PEAK, check out www.lnt.org/programs/peak Respect the Resource...Kate and Tracy

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