On Friday, September 21st, we had the opportunity to work with the Life Academy high school and middle school programs. We had twenty-five students ranging from 6th-11th grade and, in all honesty, we were unsure how they would take to Leave No Trace. The students we were working with were not necessarily "outdoorsy" and we had been warned that they might be a little lukewarm about the whole idea of Leave No Trace. What happened you might ask, did they embrace Leave No Trace and vow to practice and teach it at all times? Or, did they run, vowing to never practice Leave No Trace? It was somewhere in between.
We were met with interested students who quickly became intrigued and involved in questions and dialogue. We became more and more excited as we listened to the students asking more in depth questions of each other and asking us to delve a little deeper into the intricacies of Leave No Trace. Most of all, we had fun! We laughed and learned some things from our students and they laughed and learned some things from us. All in all it was a great experience, one we would definitely take part in again, and we hope that the students at Life Academy are able to use some of the information we shared as they take part in their wetland exploration.
See you on the road,
Ella and North