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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Great American Backyard Campout

Over the weekend, we took part in the Great American Backyard Campout on Whidbey Island in Washington.  The campout, a national program put on by the National Wildlife Federation, provides an opportunity for everyone to relive-or to experience for the first time-how much fun it is to spend a night sleeping under the stars and enjoying the sounds of nature.  Campers at Whidbey Island were part of over 40,000 campers nation wide that decided to "unplug" for the night and get outside with the family.
Campers were offered a variety of activities over the weekend, including dutch oven cooking demonstrations by Northwest Dutch Oven Cooking Society, campfire activities, star gazing, surf fishing, gps & geocaching, archery, and, of course, Leave No Trace activities.  We presented workshops for adults and children, focusing on ways the campers can leave no trace while camping out this summer.  We had a lot of fun working with the navy families.  Campouts are a great way to connect to nature, especially for children!  So take the time this summer to get outside and spend a night under the stars- you won't regret it!  A special thanks to Dave Meyers for all his hard work in setting up the campout!  We are looking forward to working with Dave again later this week at a trainer course, also held on Whidbey Island!
Safe travels and happy camping...Kate and Tracy

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