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, May 21, 2008

This past week we were excited to work with two very different groups of outdoor users in the Pacific Northwest. Early in the week we spent some time with a group of boyscouts in Oak Harbor, WA. Many of these scouts were just beginning to form a relationship with the outdoors. Hiking, biking, camping and sea kayaking were all activities that these boys either enjoyed or hoped to try in the near future. We demonstrated ways that Leave No Trace skills and ethics can relate to all the outdoor activities that they are learning to enjoy.

Later in the week we traveled to Ashford, WA to instruct a Leave No Trace Trainer Course with one of our partners, International Mountain Guides. The mountain guides who participated in the course have spent countless days outdoors and have the experience and training necessary to keep themselves and their clients safe and comfortable in the most extreme environments. During the course we shared ideas on ways that they could weave Leave No Trace instruction into the trips that they will be leading on Mt. Rainer this season.

Working with these two distinct groups was a great reminder that Leave No Trace is an important and relevant skill no matter what your outdoor experience may be. We had a great time with both the Oak Harbor Boyscouts and the IMG guides and hope that we have the opportunity to meet up with both groups again!

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