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.
Leave No Trace and the Boy Scouts of America welcome the E-Tour team to the 2010 Centennial Jamboree! Stop by, say "hello", and learn more about enjoying the outdoors responsibly with Peggy and Barrett.
The news reports were accurate...Bigfoot spent 3 days at the Rocky Grass Music Festival in Lyons, CO this past weekend. We compiled a lot a pictures of Bigfoot enjoying the music, spending time backstage, cooling off by the St. Vrain River, and at the Elements Tour (sponsored by Keen, Clif Bar, and Kavu) with all the children! What a busy weekend for Bigfoot! Did you catch a glimpse of the big guy?
Along with dancing and music, Bigfoot also signed people up for the Bigfoot Challenge. Over 150 people challenged themselves to practice Leave No Trace while at the festival, both on the festival grounds and at the campsites. He also encouraged campers to take part in our How Green Is Your Grass? Campsite Challenge. There were many sustainable, clean, and creative campsites out there. We had three random finalists selected: Camp Flipping Out, Camp Zero Hero, and the Grassy Haven. Although all three camps did a great job in the competition, only one can win the grand prize of a free camping pass for next year's festival. And the winner is...Camp Zero Hero! Congratulations to you all (all 20 people that stay at this camp)! This is the second year in a row that Camp Zero Hero demonstrated they can be sustainable, clean, and creative, even with a large group. With that said, the challenge is on...Who is going to beat out Camp Zero Hero at Rocky Grass 2011???
If you haven't made it to the Leave No Trace booth at the National Boy Scout Jamboree, we have fun, hands-on activities, free educational materials, and other goodies, so come visit us! Also visit our friends at Tread Lightly! and the entire Outdoor Ethics exhibit.
We are enjoying the second day of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Over 45,000 boy scouts and adult leaders are celebrating 100 years of scouting in the United States and learning all about outdoor ethics.
...This just in... Eye witnesses report Bigfoot was seen at Rocky Grass Music Festival this weekend in Lyons, CO!! This elusive creature apparently loves Bluegrass and was encouraging all of the festivarians to Leave No Trace, just like he does. More to come later in the program...
We are on our way to Breckenridge, CO for the Summit Trail Running Seriessponsored by The North Face. The 2010 Summit Trail Running Series consists of 6 trail running races in and around the Breckenridge area. Each race features a short and long course, and all races are open to runners of all ages and abilities. And get this- runners 18 and under race for FREE! We are going to be set up at the South Gondola parking area to educate the runners about Leave No Trace. We are going to have a heavy focus on the importance of traveling on durable surfaces. If you are around Breckenridge today, come on out and say Hi or challenge yourself to join in on the race! If you can't make it tonight, the next race is August 4th! Hope to see you out there...
This past weekend over 100 artist from across the country, environmental leaders, and outdoor organizations united in Louisville, KY for a historic moment. Merging education equally with entertainment, was the goal of the 9th annual Forecastle Festival. Leave No Trace was invited to participate in the Conscious Carnival presented by the Sustainable Living Road Show, a caravan of educators, entertainers, and activists that coordinate cross country tours that empower communities and individuals to utilize sustainable strategies for a healthier planet. At our booth, we challenged festival-goers to a game of How Long Does It Last?. An estimated 30,000 people attended this eco-conscious 3 day festival. Hats off to J.K. McKnight and the festival crew for creating a fun and educational atmosphere! Enjoy the slide show from the weekend.
Campers practice the 'rule of thumb' to respect wildlife.
Last week marked our second personal visit and the third annual visit for the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to the Tim Horton Camp Kentahten in Campbellsville, KY. Opened in 2001, this is the first Tim Horton Children's Foundation camp in the United States. The camp occupies 50 acres of waterfront property on Green River Lake, in the heart of Kentucky. The camp is full of high energy staff and campers from all over the U.S. and Canada. During two sessions we worked with over 120 campers and 30 staff members. We played activities from the Leave No Trace PEAK Pack to explore the 7 principles. The campers had many thoughtful questions and were particularly intrigued to learn about the use of a fire pan and a light weight back packing stove. A special thanks goes out to "Crocs" and her crew for the posh accommodations and the delicious meals. Keep up the great work Camp Kentahten. See you next year.
As we travel around the country, we do a lot of cooking in the great outdoors. Lately, we have run into numerous people who have commented "Food just tastes better when cooked outside." We totally agree! Whether you enjoy a grilled hot dog, bbq chicken, or a nice veggie burger, chances are the best grilled item you have ever eaten was consumed in the outdoors. We have had some delicious meals during our time on the road. Here are a few of our favorites:
For the 4th of July weekend we met up with previous Traveling Trainers, Alexis Ollar and Topher Marlatt at the 20th annual High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California. We hosted the 2nd annual Red, White, Blue, and Green Campsite Challenge encouraging festival goers to consider the seven principles of Leave No Trace while camping at the festival. We had a number of entries and in the picture above the judge, Jonathan Gelbard, Agata, and Alexis contemplate the entries.
We were excited to award the Grand Prize to Steve Van Zandt and the Banana Slug String Band for their campsite that is pictured above. The winning campsite had recycling and compost receptacles, solar powered lights, a solar shower, as well as creative and festive decorations. The Banana Slug String Band is based in Santa Cruz and is comprised of musicians and educators that bring science and conservation to audiences using music, humor and imagination.
Thanks to Debbie Crockett for making Leave No Trace a part of the High Sierra Music Festival once again.
It was a busy holiday weekend for Team East. We provided booth outreach at the popular Mount Washington trailhead, Tuckerman's Ravine Trail, where we spoke with hundreds of hikers who came out to enjoy the blue bird day. With a 60 degree day forecast for the summit of Washington, who wouldn't want to make the trek to the top! Although we did not get to summit this time, we enjoyed watching the excited hikers begin their journey in the morning, and see them exhausted and empowered on their return. We wrapped up the day with an evening awareness workshop for guests staying at the Joe Dodge Lodge, one of the many lodges and huts of the White Mountains.
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center is nestled in the beautiful White Mountain region and is run by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. AMC maintains over 1,500 miles of trails throughout the Northeast, including nearly 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 5 states. AMC and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics maintain a strong relationship as AMC is one of the seven Leave No Trace Master Educator course providers. The past few months we have explored the Appalachians from south to north and we applaud all of AMC's hard work to protect the Appalachian Mountains.
On Saturday June 26th we were invited to teach about Leave No Trace and share free educational activities and information at the Radio Disney Safety Safari in Tigard, Oregon. The photo above drops in on the conversation between our Leave No Trace state advocate Georgia Bosse and some young folks learning about minimum impact outdoor recreation techniques focused on establishing a responsible campsite.
Below we have a few brave members of the audience learning more about the principle Respect Wildlife and how to use the "rule of thumb" to gauge a safe distance when viewing animals in their natural habitat.
A warm "thank you" to Georgia and Rex for their hospitality during our final 2010 visit to Oregon before we head back East for the second half of the year.