Currently in its 12th year, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, 2 teams of professional outdoor educators, have reached over 10 million people in 48 states with Leave No Trace education and training.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Southern comfort

Leaving the familiarity  of the west, we rolled our Subaru east through Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Mississippi.  Oxford MS, the home of William Faulkner and Ole Miss University where  we facilitated a Trainer Course. We were welcomed by the heat and the extraordinary hospitality of our host Katie.  With the temperature consistently 95 degrees with humidity through roof, we opted for our first indoor Trainer Course.  Although this lacked the splendor of the southern woods we were able to teach and learn in a comfortable environment.  One of the most creative presentations we had was from Robert on Plan Ahead and Prepare: The PAAP Rap check out our link on youtube. 

Apart from the Trainer Course we have been enjoying an exploration of the South: fried catfish, hush puppies, sweet tea, the Natchez Trace, Tishamingo State Park (the climbing mecca of Mississippi!), and the wonderful rolling accents.  We also had the opportunity to brainstorm ways to incorporate Leave No Trace into the education happening at Crow's Neck Environmental Education Center.  They have amazing facilities and a great program getting kids involved with the outdoors in and around northeastern Mississippi.   We are looking forward to more time in the South later on in September when we get to explore New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf.  

look forward to seeing you on the road, 
North and Ella

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