THE SUBARU/LEAVE NO TRACE TRAVELING TRAINER PROGRAM
Thursday, July 31, 2008
We were recently featured on a podcast called 'The WildeBeat'. The WildeBeat is an audio journal about getting into the wilderness. Our most recent podcast, "Waste Training", can be found on The WildeBeat homepage. Some other podcasts that have aired in the past include "A Trace of Training" and "Stealth Gear". If you have never heard one of the WildeBeat podcasts we would really encourage you to check it out. Steve Sergeant and the folks there do a great job of getting good information out to their listeners.
Check them out at www.wildebeat.net .
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Today we worked with fellow Partner REI and a few of their awesome employees in Connecticut for an educational outreach program, teaching PEAK. We worked with 360 kids that attend a summer camp called, Winding Trail Youth Camp. Campers were from Kindergarten through 5th grade. One may wonder, how were you able to work with 360 kids? Having 2 traveling trainers, 4 REI employees, a solid game plan nothing is impossible. There were 6 sessions of 60 kids, all broken up by appropriate age levels for activities. We focused on what Leave No Trace was all about, so campers had an understanding of the principles, and ways they can be stewards for the land. A couple of activities we ran with the campers were, “What Principle Am I?”, “Watch Your Step”, “Step on It”, and “ How Long Does It Last”. These activities explored some of the principles, and planted the seed about how we need to preserve and protect our environment.
The day was definitely jam packed with teaching, and was a huge success in our eyes. Partnering in the field and teaching along side with REI employees was great, and we hope for more programs like this in the future. We would like to Thank Mark & Josh at Winding Trail Camp, and a huge thanks to Jenna, Brad, Tina, & Tracy (Connecticut REI All-stars) for all your work and success on the massive PEAK program.
Alexis & Topher
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This is Frank (left) and Vern and they are Leave No Trace super heros. We just spoke to 800 Arrowmen in Jackson Hole Wyoming for our last Arrow Corps 5 event with the Boy Scouts. These two Leave No Trace aficionados were able help teach some of our non-stop 30 minutes workshops throughout the day! They were a huge hit and used some crowd pleaser material like Bo jackson and Stanley the Leave No Trace Bear to really illustrate some of the principles. These two friends have been traveling to all five Arrow Corp 5 events throughout the summer, teaching Leave No Trace, trail work, and other important outdoor skills to their fellow Boy Scouts. Big thanks Frank and Vern. Maybe you could be the next Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!?!
Tanya and Cody
Thursday, July 24, 2008
What could be better than sea kayaking for four days in the Puget Sound? How about sea kayaking in the Sound with our new friends, past Traveling Trainers, and current dynamic duo that make up the SEA (Sound Education and Action) Kayaker Team. North Moench and Ella Goodbrod took us under their wing for the weekend as the four of us talked to visitors on and around Blake Island about the Washington Water Trails Association and "how to reduce your paddle print" by practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The weather and water were great, and we had a chance to talk to 125 people during the weekend at three different Cascadia Marine Trail sites. Some quick highlights include; getting to hang out and work with Traveling Trainer legends, learning about tide charts and decision making when traveling on the water, wildlife sitings like bald eagles, osprey, seals, raccoons, and a salmon farm, being introduced to sea kayaker culture and meeting lots of great people who love this sport, an impromptu game of "Okay - No Way" with a large group one evening on Blake Island, and navigating some crossings full of big ferries and fun waves. To learn more about the WWTA, a great partner of ours, click on the link above. Also, please visit the SEA Kayaker page to read more about North and Ella's outreach and adventures on the water this summer. Keep up the great work you two!
Lastly, we would like to thank our new pals Sarah and Robert for their great company and hospitality while we were in Seattle.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Top ten reasons to stop by the Subaru/Leave No Trace booth this weekend...
8. "Bear Canister Trivia"
7. Good chance that you will be the subject of next weeks blog!
6. There will (not) be beer at our booth!!!!! And it will (not) be free!!!!!
5. Our neighbors are awesome.
4. Fun for kids and adults
3. Three words...KEEN PRIZE PACKAGES
2. "How Green Is Your Grass" Campsite Challenge (Winner receives a pair of on-site camping passes for 2009!)
1. Learning about Leave No Trace skills and ethics..duh
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The last two days have been spent in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, doing a Trainers Training for the USFS SACO Rangers District. This was truly an amazing backcountry program, with knowledgeable passionate rangers from the New England area. We had a variety of USFS employees from Backcountry Rangers, Fire Crew, a Mineral Specialist, Visitor Information, and Front Country Rangers. After our classroom session we headed to the trailhead of Baldface Mountain for teaching sessions, hiking, and backcountry camping. We hiked about 7 miles roundtrip throughout the program, and had some scenic classrooms in a beautiful alpine environment. One of the highlights from the course was the steep hike up the ledges from the shelter to the notch of Baldface Mountain, which provided scenic views of New Hampshire & Maine, and an incredible classroom.
Congratulations SACO Rangers & Thank You for being a Partner of Leave No Trace! You guys are Awesome! We had such a wonderful course, and wish you all the best in your work protecting and educating the visitors of the White Mountains National Forest.
Alexis & Topher
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Next week we will be hanging out at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics as we prepare for some events that are a little closer to home for Leave No Trace. First up will be RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival in Lyons, CO, were we will be working with KEEN for the campsite competition. So, if you are headed out Lyons to listen to some tunes and you're planning on camping, make sure to stop by the Leave No Trace booth and tell us why your campsite is clean, sustainable and creative and you could win some really good prizes. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The past two days have been spent in the White Mountains National Forest of New Hampshire. We had a program with the Appalachian Mountain Club at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and 2 USFS SACO Ranger District awareness workshops. The AMC is a partner of Leave No Trace and throughout the summer has nightly ranger led interpretive programs. The Traveling Trainers have a history with AMC, doing awareness workshops for families vacationing and staying at the lodge within the White Mountains National Forest. Our Awareness workshops for the USFS SACO district were held at the Historic Russell-Colbath Homestead, in the restored barn. The Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a wooden frame dwelling constructed between 1831 & 1832 by Thomas Russell. The historic site was definitely a beautiful classroom especially to be teaching about the importance of Leave No Trace. The first workshop with the USFS was an introduction to Leave No Trace, and the second one was a refresher program for Master Educators in the New England area. All three programs were awesome, and scenic with the White Mountains as the backdrop.
Next programs are a Trainers Training in New Hampshire.
Alexis & Topher
We're in the stunning Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, and we just left our new friend, Idaho State Advocate Paul Holle and the wonderful atmosphere at Camp Perkins and Luther Heights Bible Camp. We spent two days at the two camps talking with 200 kids and playing two games with each session. We played some old standbys like "Step On It" and "The Itinerary Game," and we were also able to debut "The Leave No Trace Relay" which tested the campers on each of the seven principles as they ran the course. We had a wonderful time being immersed in camp life for a couple days and would to thank the staff at both camps for making us feel right at home.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Recently, we spent a couple days with scout leaders from western Colorado on a two-day Leave No Trace Trainer Course. We hiked up to about 10,000 ft on Mount Sopris near Carbondale, CO and spent some time getting to know each other and talked about Leave No Trace. Six scout leaders joined us for some great views of Sopris and numerous fields of wild flowers. The scenery was great, the company was wonderful, and the training was a complete success.
If you are interested in learning more about a Leave No Trace Trainer Course click HERE. If you'd like to find courses in your neck of the woods check out our Community Page.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Thirty-two hours after leaving Arkansas, we found ourselves in Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Our two day trainer course was held at Schoodic Education & Research Center as well as Schoodic Beach, just a few minutes outside the park. On the course we had a diverse group of participants, park staff, Friends of Acadia staff, a hiking guide, a sea kayaking guide, and a teacher from College of the Atlantic. The entire group was well versed in the outdoors & recreation, which offered great discussions and stories during our 2 days together. We saw a great mix of teaching styles and activities, and enjoyed a beautiful hike up Schoodic Mountain.
Charlie Jacobi, the course host, is no stranger to Leave No Trace, this is his 10th year hosting a Trainers Training Course at Acadia. It was a true pleasure to work with an individual with so much knowledge and passion for Leave No Trace. Thank you Charlie for your dedication in training other staff members in Leave No Trace, and your continued support towards the Traveling Trainers.
We wish the 10 new Leave No Trace Trainers the best of luck, for everything you do to preserve the beauty of Maine!
Alexis & Topher