Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

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Hot Spots

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General Public
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

The Leave No Trace Hot Spot program and events are designed to raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage.

With more than 1.6 billion people visiting public lands each year, many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use. We are literally loving our land to death. The reason is usually not malicious or intent to harm nature and wildlife; rather it's simply lack of knowledge or skills. The end result however is usually the same: Litter, invasive species, habituated wildlife, dog waste, trail and campsite erosion, water sources polluted with human waste, filthy campfire rings, and more.

Leave No Trace calls these areas Hot Spots, or areas that are damaged but can recover again with a motivated community and after specific weekend-long Leave No Trace training. Events include special programs for local officials, land managers, volunteers and the general public conducted by expert Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. By identifying and working with Hot Spots and their communities across Colorado and the country, we are rapidly moving toward recovering and protecting the places we cherish for future generations.

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Awareness Workshops

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General Public/Unspecified

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We believe so strongly in our vision of growing a nation of outdoor advocates to put the Leave No Trace principles into action that we offer our Awareness Workshops FREE of charge.

Awareness Workshops are experiential-based educational sessions that include a brief overview of Leave No Trace as an organization, a program and an ethic. Workshops include slideshows and other multi-media, games, hands-on interactive activities, and information on how to become a Leave No Trace steward. Awareness workshops are designed for educators, children, college students, outdoor professionals, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, trail crews, hiking club members and others interested in Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The course leader for an Awareness Workshop can be a specialized Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, or a Leave No Trace Trainer. Program length depends on the needs of the audience, and ranges from one hour to a half day.

Types of workshops offered:

KIDS AWARENESS WORKSHOPS:
These hands-on educational workshops are offered to youth 6-18 years old. These programs are designed to introduce kids to the outdoors and pique their interest in outdoor recreation and stewardship. Workshops include slideshows, games and training about environmental stewardship. Each 1-2 hour long workshop includes many activities from the Center's award-winning PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) Program, as well as our TEEN Program. The PEAK Program is a series of activities that interactively teach elementary school youth the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. It is designed to educate children about the outdoors and responsible use of our shared lands. New this year, we have launched a Common Core State Standards PreK-8 Youth Curriculum to assist teachers with meeting academic goals while teaching Leave No Trace. The Teen Program is a curriculum designed specifically for teen-aged youth. TEEN is modeled after the PEAK program using engaging, interactive teaching methods to educate children in the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

ADULT AWARENESS WORKSHOPS:
This interactive program provides participants with the necessary tools to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Participants explore the principles of Leave No Trace through hands-on engaging activities. By practicing Leave No Trace, people can preserve and protect public lands for future generations. Leave No Trace not only inspires people to get outdoors, but more importantly, encourages the responsible enjoyment of lands used by the public for recreation. Additionally, Leave No Trace helps develop a sense of land stewardship. Awareness Workshops encourage people to define their personal outdoor ethic and make educated decisions in the outdoors that will protect the finite resources we all share and enjoy. Workshops can be tailored for a specific outdoor user group or to certain aspects of the Leave No Trace Program.

All participants receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace:

• Plan Ahead and Prepare
• Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
• Dispose of Waste Properly
• Leave What You Find
• Minimize Campfire Impacts
• Respect Wildlife
• Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each year, over 500 Awareness Workshops are conducted by Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, staff and trainers who have completed the Leave No Trace Master Educator certification process. Last year, more than 310,000 people were reached with Leave No Trace education sessions.

Leave No Trace Training

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General Public/Unspecified

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The Center offers two types of Leave No Trace Training: the primary Leave No Trace Trainer Course and the advanced Leave No Trace Master Educator Course.

Our primary Trainer Courses are designed to train leaders of local land management agencies, educators, tribal leaders, outdoor professionals, environmental and outdoor nonprofit volunteers and persons interested in promoting environmental stewardship within their organizations to teach vital stewardship skills, principles and ethics. Successful graduates of our primary Trainer Course gain skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to their clients, friends and family. Those successfully completing the primary Leave No Trace Trainer course are able to conduct Awareness Workshops.

The five-day Master Educator Courses provide participants with comprehensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, through practical application in a field-based setting. The first day is spent in the classroom, introducing the course and schedule, providing in-depth information on the overall Leave No Trace program as well as the Center, reviewing gear and packing. The remaining four days are spent in the field on a short backcountry trip, learning and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace. Successful graduates of the Master Educator Course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Master Educators can conduct Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Awareness Workshops.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As of January 2014, there were over 6,000 Leave No Trace Master Educators worldwide, representing nine countries and the 50 United States. This invaluable training is recognized and highly regarded throughout the world, especially by the outdoor industry, as well as land management agencies. The profile of our graduates is extremely varied; from outdoor retail executives, school teachers, USFS and NPS backcountry rangers, to scout leaders, college outing club members, outfitters and guides.

Outreach Programs

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General Public/Unspecified

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Leave No Trace Outreach programs encompass our State Advocates program, service projects, booth events, trailhead greetings and an actively engaged social media network. Our Outreach Programs are an opportunity to introduce Leave No Trace education to a substantial number of visitors, promote the prolific distribution of educational literature and materials, and further expand the conversation on environmental conservation and stewardship.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Through our various Outreach Programs last year we were able to post impressive numbers, including:
• 250,000 educational materials distributed
• 125,000 people impacted through our social media channels
• 500-100,000 attendees reached per festival
• Over 22 million people impacted with Leave No Trace information

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program

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General Public/Unspecified

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With outdoor recreation booming, many of our favorite parks, forests, and open spaces are feeling the impact from this increased visitation. The most effective vehicle for administering Leave No Trace programs is through our Traveling Trainer Program. To put Leave No Trace education in motion, we established the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program. The teams work with elementary/middle/high schools, colleges and universities, national youth organizations, visit outdoor events such as National Public Lands Day and national parks and forests. Ideally, training takes place outdoors where participants are able to learn about Leave No Trace hands-on. Our teams are able to provide several types of outreach and custom tailor their presentations to the unique needs of each audience. The Traveling Trainers reach millions of people annually, promoting stewardship of the outdoors, and supporting active lifestyles. Traveling Trainers are responsible for conducting the majority of our Awareness Workshops, Training Courses, and Outreach Programs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Traveling Training program is touching lives in every state with over 550 Leave No Trace educational sessions last year. The result: more people are practicing Leave No Trace than ever before, ensuring healthier lands and a happier world. The Traveling Trainer Program are at a record high with 85% requests turned away because of limited resources. Through the tireless efforts of three talented, savvy and experienced Traveling Trainer Teams, Leave No Trace has become a well known, well respected education and outreach program that is in higher demand than ever across the country.

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