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, April 23, 2008

Leave No Trace 101 Charleston, SC edition

Two days, two schools, and 40 local Charleston, South Carolina elementary students were attentive and excited to learn about Leave No Trace. As Earth Day approached and passed, the students were eager to tell all of their knowledge of mother earth, and ways to protect our environment. Our first stop was at Murray La Saine Elementary, on James Island with 20 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. We explored the principles of Leave No Trace, and did a couple of PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) activities; How long does it last?, and Step on It! The students really enjoyed both and loved getting Leave No Trace educational prizes at the end of the program. The second stop was to James Island elementary, where we met another group of eager Charleston students, ready to share and learn about how they can protect the environment around them, and minimize their impact. After a long day in school we were shocked how much energy this group had. Many of the students told us what they do to make their area beautiful, and how they Leave No Trace at school and play! We discussed the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, and played What Principle Am I?, and Worms Eye View. The students had a blast, and were pumped to get outside and do an activity. 

Afterwards we journeyed to Johns Island, to view one of the oldest living "things" east of the Mississippi. The Angel Oak Tree. What an amazing tree, thought to be 1,400 years old, 25 feet around the trunk of the tree, with limbs that extend out to 89 feet. It was a sight to see, and was yet another artifact making Charleston, South Carolina such a beautiful place. 

We just want to say thanks to Maudra Rogers, for making these programs happen. We had such a great time, all the students were awesome, and left a big smile on our faces. Thanks also to Gerald Smalls for helping out and taking pictures at James Island, we appreciate it.  Murray La Saine and James Island keep up the good work, teach your friends, and Leave No Trace.

Checkout some pictures from both schools.....Thanks again y'all!

Happy Trails,
 Alexis & Topher 

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