Youth

Whats Going On In Your Area: Pacific Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Pacific Region this year. - In Bellvue, WA, the Leave No Trace Club of Interlake High School facilitated a park clean-up with 19 students and discussed "dispose of waste properly”, and "be considerate...

All Access: Youth Program Hits The Web

Since 2003 the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has taught over one million youth how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and to be stewards of the places they care about. The primary vehicle for this education has been the Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids Program or PEAK. Each year since the program began, nearly 125,000 children ages 4-12 participate in the program, which is offered by the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Trainers and a host of other volunteer educators across the country. The PEAK program has grown to include ten...

The Year of The Girl

Hickory, North Carolina - What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "Girl Scouts"? Most likely, “Cookies!” And we don’t blame you, because let’s be honest, Girl Scout cookies are delicious. But did you know that Girl Scouts of the USA has been empowering girls across the country since 1912?! Founded by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential through a myriad of enriching experiences, community services and cultural exchanges. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts and volunteers and more than 59 million alumnae in the U.S. who...

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...

Your Project is Granted

San Francisco, CA. What would you do with $500 and 100 water bottles? How does a share of $12,500 to put towards programs that will increase participation in the outdoors sound? Could you use $2,500 to put towards programs that increase participation in paddle sports? All of these possibilities exist for you! Outdoor Nation, a non-profit founded by a community of Outsiders dedicated to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors, hosts Summits around the country, award grants for outstanding project ideas, lead outdoor outings, work with youth, and connect others like us - all in an effort to...

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act 1964 - 2014

On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, thereby establishing our National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Act describes “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man , where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” The Leave No Trace ethic has it roots in federally designated wilderness, and was a natural outgrowth of efforts to promote responsible enjoyment of these magnificent places. On...

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...

Educate, Connect and Protect

Lakewood, Colorado. During their Colorado Tour, Traveling Trainers Dani and Roland spent an afternoon at Warren Tech - a career and technical high school for Jefferson County public schools. At Warren Tech students can learn a multitude of trades while they complete their general schooling. Dani and Roland were fortunate to meet and work with the students in the Outdoor Leadership Program. Two years ago Instructor and Leave No Trace Master Educator, Amber Deboer, started the Outdoor Leadership Program to introduce students to strategies for outdoor leadership including effective planning,...

"Don't Bust the Crust" at New Emerson Elementary School

Grand Junction, Colorado. Traveling Trainers Dani and Roland spent the day at New Emerson Elementary School in Grand Junction, Colorado, with students ranging from Kindergarden to 5th grade. New Emerson School operates in a culture where all students are engaged in a relevant, nurturing and challenging curriculum. The school is minutes away from Colorado National Monument where towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau of canyon panoramas - with that being said, the students of New Emerson are young outdoor enthusiasts who love to play outside! Through out the school day, we laughed and...

Flagstaff Academy Visits Pingree Park

Longmont, CO. Team West spent last Friday at Flagstaff Academy in Longmont, CO, working with the 8th graders as they prepare to spend three days at Pingree Park in Fort Collins this week. Flagstaff Academy is a charter school that strives to provide a science-focused, liberal arts curriculum that promotes excellence, teamwork, respect and a lifelong love of learning. As part of their experience, the middle school students will spend three days exploring Pingree Park. The students will be involved with many outdoor activities, including hiking, documentary film making, studying stream ecology...

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