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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

City of Phoenix Partnership Thrives

Phoenix park rangers and volunteers play How Long Does It Last?

In April of 2009, the Traveling Trainer program made Phoenix a priority stop. It was a monumental time for the city, as they were kicking off an official partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. While in Phoenix, we presented multiple awareness workshops, ran a full trainer course with 16 City of Phoenix employees, and even interviewed for the local evening news! This was a huge event for both Phoenix and Leave No Trace.

Flash forward two years to present day. We are back in Phoenix and the Leave No Trace presence is thriving! Yesterday, we provided an awareness workshop for 23 City of Phoenix staff members and volunteers. During the presentation, we had extensive discussions about some of the greatest impacts present among the city's public trail systems. These impacts included pet waste, vandalizing cultural areas, trash left behind, and visitors traveling off trail. The staff members see the value in implementing the Leave No Trace programs as a way to mitigate these impacts that are occurring on the very spaces that locals recreate. We applaud the efforts of the staff members that we worked with yesterday. Not only will they share the Leave No Trace information with their fellow coworkers, but they will also utilize the program to teach the public about stewardship of lands shared by the public!

A great big thank-you to Liz Smith and the City of Phoenix for continuing to spread the Leave No Trace ethic to kids, families, and adults that enjoy all of the beautiful outdoor spaces that Phoenix has to offer. We look forward to continuing to strengthen this partnership between the City of Phoenix and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics!

Explore Responsibly...Kate & Tracy

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