THE SUBARU/LEAVE NO TRACE TRAVELING TRAINER PROGRAM
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
On Tuesday we were in Laguna Beach where we met with twelve employees of several youth serving organizations: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tustin and Laguna Beach (the Main Branch and the TLC Branch) and the Environmental Nature Center. These educators all work with youth ranging in ages from five to eighteen, taking them on trips that vary from a short walk in the local park to longer adventures that include camping and hiking. They were all excited to not only learn about different activities they could facilitate with their kids, but also to learn the "whys" behind Leave No Trace information. One question was, "What do I say when a student asks me why they can't throw an apple core on the ground if it will decompose anyway?" The crowd was sharp and came up with the answer as a group: 1. Items such as an apple core aren't native to most natural environments, and generally are not thought of as suitable food for wildlife. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters their natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers. 2. The cumulative impacts are also important to consider. One apple core might not seem like a big deal, but what if everyone started throwing their apple cores into the woods? For more answers to questions like this check out our FAQ's page as well as our research page. Special thanks to Megan Wilson for putting this together and getting such an enthusiastic audience to attend!
Tennessee Bouldering Authority (TBA) is Chattanooga’s first indoor bouldering and rock-climbing facility. On Monday evening we visited the facility that has nearly 3,000 ft2 of world-class indoor rock climbing walls and dedicated training space. For over 10 years they have offered the right equipment, instruction, and support to ensure excellent rock climbing experiences for climbers of all skill levels. During our presentation, we highlighted the importance of disposing of waste properly in climbing areas, while playing the activity "How Long Does It Last?". The group was intrigued to learn that an aluminum can can last from 200-400 years in the outdoors. Additionally, the activity was an eye-opener for one participant who admittedly just quit smoking 2 months ago, after 8 years of smoking. She realized that many of the cigarette butts that she tossed out the window without a second thought were still lingering in the environment today!
Monday, February 22, 2010
On Saturday, we met with Troop 7415 in Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach, CA. Eight girls and three leaders and parents attended this two-hour program. Throughout the morning they actively learned about the principles of Leave No Trace by playing PEAK activities such as "What Principle Am I?", "Minimum Impact Match" and the instant classic "Leave What You Find" draw and share.
The audience asked a number of excellent questions but our favorite was the query, "Are we enjoying the outdoors the right way or the wrong way?" that came up early in the day. Fortunately we were able to share that Leave No Trace is best explained as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations! This understanding seemed to set the tone for a very enjoyable and educational rest of the morning, and we were fortunate to have such a pleasant and motivated group.
All the best.................
Jason and Agata
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Outdoor Outreach is a non-profit organization that provides at-risk and underprivileged youth with outdoor experiences. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we had the opportunity to work with the Outdoor Outreach program at two schools in San Diego, Crawford High School and the Monarch School.
At Crawford, we met with ten students, who will be going on a field trip to a landfill next week. We gave them a preview of trash issues by playing "How long does it last?" We also appealed to their artistic abilities and asked them to participate in a Leave What You Find drawing activity.
At Monarch, we had a very theatrical crowd of fourteen students, who we asked to present skits of each of the Leave No Trace principles. The picture above shows the after-school teacher Rob, presenting Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Overall, the students had fun while learning a little something about where Leave No Trace fits into their approach to responsible outdoor recreation.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
On Saturday, we traveled to Redlands, California and had the opportunity to present a three-hour workshop to nine Girl Scouts and six of their leaders and parents. We started the day off by playing a few PEAK activities, "What principle am I?," "How long does it last?," and "Minimum impact match."
Once the girls were a bit more familiar with Leave No Trace we asked them to play detective in our mock campsite. They had a great time playing "Crime Scene," and discovered all the less than Leave No Trace "crimes" we had set up. We wrapped the day up with one last PEAK activity, "Principle Relay." The group was enthusiastic, asked great questions, and we had a great time working with such a fun audience.
All the best....
Agata and Jason
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It may not seem like it, with snowstorms rolling through places almost daily, but spring is just around the corner. What better way to spend a few spring days than on a Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator Course? Check out the Leave No Trace Community Page for course listings because it won't be long before that ice starts melting.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
One of the on sight activities we set up was the Bigfoot Challenge registration desk where individuals were able to ask questions about Leave No Trace and register online during the show.
The opportunity to connect with local educators and other community members was a great way to share the educational materials we carry on the road and explain more about the grant and scholarship programs available from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics with the generous support of our various partners.
See you on the road..........
Jason and Agata
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
We are expecting over 400 attendees and over 150 exhibitors. We will be handing out free education materials, demonstrating resources that are available to you and promoting ways for you to create a larger Leave No Trace presence in your area. We will also have our laptops available, so anyone who stops by our booth can participate in the Bigfoot Challenge right then and there.
All the best...
Agata and Jason
Monday, February 8, 2010
• Corps rank among federal providers of outdoor recreation: #1
• Visitors per year: 353 million
• Percentage of U.S population that visits a Corps project at least
once a year: 10%
• Number of recreation sites: 4,263 at 423 Corps Projects
• Percentage of U.S. population that lives within 50 miles of
of a Corps Lake: 70%
• Land and water used for recreation: 12 million acres
• Miles of Shoreline: 55,024
• Number of camp sites: 91,320
• Miles of trails: 4,606
Team East is heading to Savannah, Georgia for the 2010 South Atlantic Division Conference. Here we will have the opportunity to work with rangers from the southeast and teach them ways to utilize Leave No Trace information at the areas they manage. Stay tuned for updates from the conference!
Happy Adventuring...Kate and Tracy
Friday, February 5, 2010
We spent most of the day Wednesday at William Smith High School. Between ourselves and Team East we taught eight separate awareness workshops, reaching most of the 250 students at this small, diverse high school in Aurora, CO. We had a great time leading a few different activities and sharing Leave No Trace information. The students asked great questions and participated in discussions. We also had the chance to use a smartboard (though it made us feel like we went to high school during the stone age) and show the students how to take part in the Bigfoot Challenge.
All the best...
Jason & Agata