After two days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire we had the pleasure of running two awareness workshops in Cranston, Rhode Island. Our first workshop was filled with folks from the area wanting to brush up on their knowledge of Leave No Trace. The group consisted of Boy Scouts, Scout Masters, Wildlife Conservationists, and an Ironman Athlete. The group was eager to learn about the skills and ethics that make up Leave No Trace, and what they could do to minimize their impacts while recreating. Participants walked away from the workshop armed with the knowledge necessary to apply Leave No Trace on their next outing, or at their work.
The second session we held focused on PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids). REI employees were interested in how best to convey Leave No Trace to kids ages 6-16. We discussed how to tailor the presentation to various ages and what activities work best for each group. After reviewing several activities we touched on several icebreakers that would help introduce the idea of Leave No Trace, as well as setting the tone of their presentation.