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Tech Tip: Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Share Their Top Tips for Teaching Kids

Leave No Trace - March 5, 2014
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Need some help on keeping kids engaged while teaching them about the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace? The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share their top tips on how to keep kids engaged and interactive while learning!

"When working with kids make sure that you are having fun and that you are being yourself, honest, and sincere." – TJ

"In order to keep the kids' attention and to quiet them down after fun activities, designate a saying to bring their attention back to you. "When I say Leave No, you say Trace!" Repeat this until they quiet down and listen to the next step in the lesson." – Pat

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"Incorporate ways to quiet and re-focus a group. Young ones: Have everyone fill their mouths with bubbles. Elementary: If you can hear me touch your ears, nose, etc. until they’re quiet and focused. All ages: Call and repeat – When I say Leave No, you say Trace. Hip-Hip Hooray, etc." – Dani

"Instead of supplying them with “new” knowledge, tap into what they already know. Do this by asking questions and having them give you the answers. Why is it important to pack out our trash instead of just leaving it there? Why do we never carve on trees?" -Roland

"Speak clearly and concisely to ensure your students fully understand one concept before you move onto the next idea. Let your passion and enthusiasm for Leave No Trace shine through!" – Kate

"When teaching Leave No Trace to kids, repetition is key.  Introduce the principles, play an activity to reinforce one or more concepts, then summarize and review the information that was taught.  Increased repetition equals increased retention." -Tracy
 

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