In the city that never sleeps there is said to be about 25 million people in New York City, and somewhere in that mix you would find us, the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. We had three different programs over the past few days in the Big Apple, and probably our most unique program setting to date. Camp Central Park is one of the many youth camps that run out of Central park, and we worked with 60 campers from ages 6 to 11. Inwood Park youth camp was the second youth program we did while in NYC in the upper Manhattan area working with 25 day campers. Both of the youth programs we discussed impacts on the environment and impacts they see in the city. Since we were in the largest city in the U.S. we touched on all 7 principles, but really focused on the ones that pertain to urban life styles. “Trash your Trash” was a big focus, while talking about the three R’s as well Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
We also met Central Park Conservancy staff for a program in the park. We presented to about 10 staff members who primarily work in the Woodlands area of Central park doing conservation work. We focused on the frontcountry principles, and programs that Leave No Trace has been successful with. The conservancy staff is turning over a new leaf and looking to change some things within the park, due to user impacts and the amount of people that use the park. They do such an amazing job taking care of the grounds and beautifying the park, and are looking to make it even better. Thanks to the staff for pointing out the Bouldering in the park, its not everyday you can get a little climbing fix in right in the middle of the largest city. We look forward to working with the conservancy staff in the future.
Thank you to all our NYC program hosts! Next off to Pennsylvania & Kentucky for programs.
Alexis & Topher