Leave What You Find is the 4th of 7 Leave No Trace Priciples. The principle Leave What You Find definitely has more of an ethical backbone to it than the other principles; therefore it is harder to interpret. Leave No Trace is, in part, about leaving the gift of discovery for the next person. As excited as I am to find that cool rock, pinecone, arrowhead, or antler shed, I always wonder, "Wouldn’t someone else like to find that, too?" Alternatives to taking home items found in the outdoors include taking a picture, creating a nature journal and draw a picture, journal about your experience, or bring a friend by to enjoy the object together. During one of our workshops, we had an energetic high schooler that suggested creating an interpretive dance to help you remember. Cheers kiddo, whatever strengthens your connection to nature is all right by us!
Some other points to consider about Leave What You Find:
- Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
- Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
- Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
- Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
Remember to encourage exploration of the natural world, especially with kids. Motivate kids to explore using all their senses while in the out of doors and not feel as though they are in a museum!
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Explore Responsibly…Kate and Tracy