Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics
June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Have you gone hiking? Been on a picnic? Gone camping with your family? Getting outside renews our spirits, connects us with nature, amazing beauty, and the many wonders of our natural world. Leave No Trace teaches us how to minimize our impact and protect the natural beauty of the outdoors while we enjoy it.
Join Tom O’Brien, Leave No Trace Master Educator for a hands-on workshop to learn more about what you can do to lessen your impact on the natural world while exploring nature. This workshop is geared towards youth and adults – families are encouraged to attend.
The Leave No Trace organization was built upon the belief that when people do something, even something simple, to care for the natural world, everyone benefits. Leave No Trace is a philosophy that can be part of every outdoor experience.
Tom O’Brien is the Maine Leave No Trace State Advocate. He has been a member of Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for almost 9 years and a Leave No Trace Master Educator for over 5 years. He is a retired Boy Scout Leader with over 22 years experience in the outdoors and has taught many Leave No Trace and leadership training courses to both youth and adults. He is passionate about teaching youth and adults to make ethical choices that minimize their impact in the outdoors.
This event is free and open to CREA Members and the community.
Registration is not required to attend.
Did you know?
9 out of 10 people who spend time outdoors are not armed with Leave No Trace education. With over 13 billion trips into the outdoors in the U.S. every year, preventable damage is adding up. You can be on the forefront of changing this trend—the parks and trails that are being loved to death, the formidable impacts of fire, polluted waterways and serious wildlife issues. Now, more than ever, your role is critical.
Have you ever seen trash on your hike or paddle? Fire scars at a campground? Other impacts? Would you believe:
- Americans pay $2.1 billion to fight fires in parks and forests, 90% of which are caused by campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, or negligently discarded cigarettes.
- Wildlife in our parks are routinely relocated or euthanized due to conflicts with humans. The National Park Service cites human garbage as the origin of many of these unfortunate and unnecessary conflicts.