Heading 9 hours down south from West Virginia, we landed in Tishomingo, Mississippi for a program at Crow's Neck Environmental Education Center. The center uses hands-on, outdoor education activities to create in-depth learning experiences which foster responsible stewardship of Northeast Mississippi's natural and cultural resources. We had the opportunity to work with a group of 56 6th graders from Memphis, Tennessee that are doing a week long program at Crow's Neck. The 2 hour jam packed program focused on demonstrations, discussions, and activities exploring the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. A new favorite activity of ours and some of the staff at Crow's Neck is "Have a Sip" which is in 101 Ways to Teach Leave No Trace, (available in the online store:). The activity educates participants on the impact we can have on water sources, while in the outdoors recreating i.e. sun lotions, bug spray, food particles, human waste affecting water quality. It is a great activity, with good visuals. As it started to get dark we ended the program talking about responsible campfires, and techniques to do a Leave No Trace campfire. Campfires always spark conversation, especially with this group, the following evening they have a campfire scheduled.
We would like to thank the students, teachers, and all the wonderful staff at Crow's Neck, we really enjoyed your hospitality and the facility. Have a great rest of your week!
Alexis Ollar & Topher Marlatt