Last Thursday, we had the pleasure to meet up with Virginia State Advocate, Laurie Harmon, as the state advocate Laurie coordinates all things Leave No Trace in Virginia. Laurie teaches at George Mason University and she set up an awareness workshop with two clubs on campus, the Environmental Action Group and RockOn! Mason Outdoor Club. The students were eager to learn more about Leave No Trace and how they could incorporate the program into their clubs.
On Friday we had the opportunity to visit with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. The six sessions we facilitated throughout the day focused on the PEAK principles and making connections between outdoor recreation and the responsibility we all have to be stewards of public land. The first photo illustrates a perfect example of the principle Trash Your Trash at the school's recycling/composting/trash center that we visited after a nice picnic lunch on campus. The second photo shows two students explaining how they thought Leave No Trace could be considered as they geared up for future outdoor recreation adventures. The students and staff we interacted with throughout the day were a pleasure to work with and we hope to visit again in the future. Thanks to Jessie McKinney for hosting our visit.
All the best,
Jason and Agata
THE SUBARU/LEAVE NO TRACE TRAVELING TRAINER PROGRAM
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.