Youth

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...

3 Steps to Bring Leave No Trace Into Your Classroom

Each year thousands of school children are introduced to Leave No Trace in the classroom. From a short introductory activity to a full day spent outdoors, youth across the country are learning how they can become stewards of the outdoor spaces they care about—the places where they play, exercise and spend time immersed in the natural world. For a decade, the Center has had an active and growing youth-focused program known as PEAK, which can easily be brought into the classroom no matter where it may be! Indoors, outdoors, urban or suburban, Leave No Trace is relevant. The PEAK...

August "The Situation" response

The Situation: You have just reached the summit of your favorite local mountain. Shortly after, a group also reaches the summit. One of the people in the group lights a cigarette, and when finished, throws the cigarette butt on the ground. No one in the group acknowledges this, so you decide to approach the smoker. What do you say to convince the smoker not to litter? Here's what our Travelling Trainers said: When it ends up on the ground and not in receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Partially smoke cigarettes, matches, disposable lighters, packaging,...

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...

Let's Go Camping

Estacada, OR. Have you ever wanted to go camping, but never had the opportunity or not sure if you want to invest money into a tent, sleeping gear, and other equipment? Well, Oregon Parks and Recreation has the solution for you! Families from across the state of Oregon are partaking in a wonderful event called Let's Go Camping. Sponsored by REI, The North Face Explore Your Parks, and Oregon State Parks, Let's Go Camping provides a safe environment for families to come and learn what it takes to spend an evening under the stars. We joined 10 families at Milo McIver State Park, about 45 minutes...

Bigfoot Parties Like A Girl Scout

Albany, OR. Whenever anything reaches 100 years of age, that is cause for celebration. That is exactly what the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington did over the past week to honor 100 years of rich tradition. During the week, hundreds of girls camped out with their troops near Sweet Home, Oregon for the Northwest Centennial Roundup. There were educational and project based workshops offered four times a day. The event was for Girl Scout Ambassdors, Seniors, Cadettes and incoming Cadettes. There was event a river rafting event for the girls to experience some adventure, too. To add to the...

24 Hours on the Test Track

How much do you like biking? Enough to ride your road bike for 24 hours straight? Maybe trading off with a few of your friends, clocking 500 miles across lap after lap on a two-mile track? What about if it's for a good cause? That's exactly what over 200 cyclists did this weekend at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive Test Track as part of the Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge . Whether riding as part of a team or individually, these dedicated cyclists road to help raise funds for a great cause. CASA represents children who have been abused or neglected in Indiana as they navigate through the court...

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